A judge has said that an uninsured teenager would have known that a cyclist was underneath his car when he performed a three-point turn in the road after the pair had had a confrontation. Andrei Marginica, who fled the scene and then left for France, was jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for 17 months.
Hull Live reports that on December 12 last year Marginica drove straight over Bradley Train's body after he fell from his bike at the Mount Pleasant roundabout in Hull.
Judge Mark Bury accepted that Marginica was “genuinely scared” of Train following an earlier exchange, but also said that he was "satisfied" the motorist knew he was under his car when he performed a three-point turn to get away.
The judge told Marginica he accepted his explanation for the initial confrontation, “that is to say Mr Train somehow collided with the rear of your car, not causing any damage.”
At this point the two men exchanged words with Marginica calling Train "stupid" through his open window. After driving off, he became stuck in traffic and Train was seen "pedalling furiously" after him.
Train is said to have then approached the car. “What's clear from the footage, he's then at the bonnet of your car at the front,” said the judge.
"What then happens is he falls off. The only place he could have fallen was under your car – I'm satisfied you knew that. You then drove over him – shocking footage to watch."
Train’s ribs were crushed and he suffered a collapsed lung.
Marginica did not stop, did not call for help, and drove away. He later returned to the scene but fled again after seeing emergency services.
He then took a train to London before boarding the Eurostar to France. Police had circulated his details and he was stopped on arrival in Gare du Nord station in Paris.
Marginica, who is originally from Romania, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, using a vehicle without insurance, failing to stop after an accident, and failing to report an accident.
Jailing him, the judge said: "It's quite impossible to deal with this other than to impose an immediate sentence of imprisonment, and the reason for that is self-evident from the footage – it's quite appalling driving, whatever the circumstances, and your attempts to avoid liability for it do you no credit at all."
Train said that since the incident he no longer has a job, no longer goes out and has gone from being “easy-going and laidback” to “uptight and stressed”.
“I’m happy with 15 months,” he said. “I would have liked him to have more but I’m happy with that. He is only young so hopefully he will come out and learn from this.”