Teen Driver Jailed For Serious Hemel Crash

18 June 2015, 06:20

A Hemel Hempstead man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison following a road traffic collision which left a woman with serious injuries.

Michael McDonagh, aged 19, was the driver of an Alfa Romeo which was in a collision with a Mercedes on Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, on March 18, 2014.

The driver of the Mercedes received serious injuries and remained in hospital for two weeks. The occupants of the Alfa Romeo ran from the scene.

Extensive enquiries were made and McDonagh was identified and arrested on April 4, 2014.

He was charged in November 2014 with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at scene of collision, failing to report a collision and driving with no insurance.

McDonagh pleaded not guilty during a hearing at St Albans Crown Court on December 12, 2014, stating that he was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

However, just prior to his trial at St Albans Crown Court on May 14, 2015, he changed his plea to guilty of all charges.

McDonagh, of Three Cherry Trees Lane, was sentenced on Friday (June 12) to 25 months and two weeks detention. In addition, he is to serve a three year disqualification when he is released and sit an extended test to get his licence back.

PC Chris Payne, who investigated the incident, said: "The woman involved in the collision is still receiving treatment for the serious injuries she sustained but I hope this sentence will at least bring some small comfort to her during what has been an extremely distressing ordeal.

"A number of people stopped at the scene to assist following the collision and I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who helped, some of whom I never managed to trace.”