One driver ignored a red light and plowed into a truck. A young passenger was seriously injured.

Leigh Johnson was reaching nearly double the limit at about 50 mph when he pulled through a red light onto the path of a truck turning right off Hawton Lane onto Bowbridge Road in Newark.

The front of the wagon met the rear outside of the articulated lorry.

All three in the car were seriously injured in the collision and had to be taken to hospital.

Johnson drove in Newark without a license or insurance on the evening of October 15, 2019 and suffered serious brain injuries.

One passenger, a 14-year-old boy, suffered a broken jaw that required a metal plate, cerebral haemorrhage and a swollen ankle.

Johnson, 33, of Yew Tree Road, Retford pleaded guilty to causing serious injury from dangerous driving.

At a hearing in Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday April 14, he was sentenced to two years suspended sentence and disqualified for driving for five years.

Nottinghamshire Police Department investigator Louise Melbourne said: “On the night of the collision, Johnson risked the lives of himself, his passengers and other road users by driving dangerously through the streets of Newark.

“All too often, as police officers, we see the consequences of high-speed road collisions – people seriously injured and even killed on our streets. We are also witnessing the greater emotional impact on the injured and their families.

“A moment of madness on the streets can lead to long-term physical and psychological harm to innocent people.

“There is also the devastating effect on families of people who are injured or lost their lives in road accidents.

“It is important that we do everything we can to prevent this from happening, which is why officials focus each day on fighting the four deadly crimes – speeding, alcohol and drug use, cell phone use and no seat belt.

“There is just no excuse for this type of behavior and I hope the young person who was injured in this collision will make a full recovery from his injuries.”