Man admits dangerous driving

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A MAN has admitted dangerous driving after crashing into two pedestrians, one of whom subsequently had to have a leg amputated.

The crash happened on the corner of King’s Road and Albert Crescent, in Bury St Edmunds, at about 3.30pm on January 8 this year. Pedestrians Michael Hurley and Marion Bell were both seriously injured in the accident.

The air ambulance was sent to the incident, while witnesses praised a young trainee nurse who lived nearby and who helped Ms Bell until paramedics arrived

Ms Bell, who was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, had to have one of her legs amputated as a result of her injuries.

On Monday, Anton Giles, 23, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to give a specimen of breath. He also admitted assaulting a member of the public at the crash scene.

Giles, formerly of Queen’s Road, Bury, and now living in Drayton Road, Norwich, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced on July 11.

The crash in January led to calls for traffic calming and other road safety measures. Local residents presented a petition to St Edmundsbury Borough Council.