Children seriously injured in crash

A woman was left with serious head injuries after a car driven by a teenager collided with her car, a court has heard.

Nathan Bennett Dowd, who has an address in Warrington, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to three charges of causing grievous bodily injury by driving without due care and attention.

Dowd, who was aged 17 at the time of the incident on March 17, 2010, also admitted having no insurance.

Derry Crown Court heard Dowd had come to the city to visit his sister and was driving her car when the accident took place.

She was a passenger in the car along with Dowd’s seven-year-old nephew, his six-year-old friend and two other children.

Dowd was driving along the Springtown Road when he collided with another car parked outside a Chinese takeaway. The female injured party had been waiting for her husband who was inside the takeaway.

The impact of the crash forced her car 56 feet along the road, causing it to overturn and land on the footpath.

It was revealed that everyone inside Dowd’s car sustained injuries, however the six and seven-year-old were seriously injured.

One of them sustained fracturs to the cheek and jaw while the other had a fractured pelvis and femur.

The female in the second car suffered serious head injuries which left her initially unable to walk or talk and she had no power in her right arm.

It was revealed that these have returned slowly, however the injured party still has difficulty with her speech and swallowing.

The court heard that when interviewed Dowd accepted the car was in a dangerous condition and he shouldn’t have been driving it.

Ivor McAteer, defending, said his client is “wracked with guilt” and has expressed concern about the injured parties and remorse for his actions.

Judge Piers Grant adjourned sentencing until Wednesday.