Teenager at unauthorised car meeting in Medway jailed for seriously injuring four people

Contributed by editor on May 26, 2017 - 05:50 PM


A teenager who seriously injured four people following a collision at an unauthorised car meeting has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.


Harlee Pendergast, 18 and of Green Lane in Eltham, lost control of a Black Mini One he was driving at an unauthorised meeting in the Medway City Estate in September 2016.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of withholding information to obtain motor insurance.

He was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday 25 May 2017 and will serve the time at a young offenders' institute.

The court heard that the unauthorised meeting took place off Sir Thomas Longley Road on the night of Friday 30 September 2016.

The event saw car enthusiasts gather in large numbers to discuss and compare cars. Most of their vehicles were parked in a car park.

Following noise complaints from members of the public, officers from Kent Police attended the scene.

Moments after two of the officers got out their vehicles to speak with a nearby crowd, Pendergast was seen speeding and swerving towards them.

The car then lost control and leapt into the air before colliding with 15 bystanders, one of whom was left trapped under the crashed car.

Despite driving in a 30mph zone, forensic evidence suggests that the Mini was driving at 69mph in the moments leading up to the collision

As he got to around 20 metres away from the spectators, he was travelling at least 47mph.

Further to the driving offences, Pendergast also failed to inform his insurance company with details of modifications he had made to his car – including the installation of blue lights.

Further to his imprisonment, Pendergast was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to take an extended re-test.

Detective Constable David Holmes, the investigating officer for this case, said: ‘While we accept that Pendergast did not set out to seriously injure people, his reckless and indefensible behaviour put a large amount of people at risk of harm.

‘He made a conscious decision to speed through the estate performing dangerous manoeuvres and clearly did not have any consideration for the wellbeing of those around them.

‘It is extremely fortunate that those injured did not lose their lives that night.’
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