Boy, 12, in a coma after he’s knocked off bike and seriously injured by hit and run driver in Boston
A banned motorist was unable to stop to help a 12-year-old boy whom he knocked off his bike and seriously injured during a police chase in Boston.
Luke Mills, 29, was driving a Ford Focus that collided with the boy on Church Road after driving away in a cruiser with flashing blue lights from a police officer who stopped him on John Adams Way.
Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that the child had a suspected brain injury, severe bruising in the lungs and a broken collarbone and fell into a coma at Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham.
Mills’ car was found abandoned in a field and arrested shortly afterwards.
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Prosecution Jim Clare said Mills was first stopped by a police officer on John Adams Way around 5:30 p.m. for driving an uninsured vehicle.
He said, “The policeman is walking along the side of the car. The driver is asked to turn off the engine.
“At this point the Focus is driving to the York Street intersection and the officer has to run back to his car to track the driver.”
Mr. Clare said the officer followed Mills onto York Street and all the way to Church Road.
He said: “He briefly lost sight of the vehicle when the collision happened with a cyclist – a 12-year-old boy.
“The officer ends his chase and provides first aid to the child on the street.”
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The court overheard another police officer searching the area and found Mills’ car with a broken windshield and headlight nearby.
Mr Clare said, “Fifteen to twenty minutes later the police see the defendant who matches the driver’s description.
“In the police interview, he admits that he is the driver of this vehicle.
“He accepts that he is currently banned from driving.
“He said he panicked the first time he was approached by the police officer and he admitted that he knew there was a police vehicle behind him that was colliding with the cyclist.
“As he turned a bend on Church Road, the cyclist was turning left to right.
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“He braked, but couldn’t avoid it. He accepts that he drove off.”
Mr Clare added that doctors would not know for sure if the boy had a brain injury until he woke up.
But he said a police officer told him that the boy had been removed from ventilation and drugs at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, and was “showing positive signs”.
The court heard that Mills had previously been convicted of being disqualified and failing to stop, driving drugs and not being fit.
Mills, of Upsall Court in Kirton, Boston, admitted seriously injuring the boy by disqualifying him from driving a Ford Focus, failing to stop after an accident, and failing to stop when police requested on May 2.
The steelmaker also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and driving it without insurance the same day.
Tony Freitas, for Mills, said his customer stopped the car but “fear kicks in”.
“There was fear of prison,” he said.
The judges declined jurisdiction over the conviction and sent the case to Lincoln Crown Court for Mills to be tried at a later date.
Mills was taken into custody.