A taxi driver landed a pensioner in hospital for two weeks when he lost control of his car after taking a roundabout at 70mph and caused a six-vehicle pile-up.
According to Walesonline, Cardiff Crown Court heard that Matthew Withers, 25, was travelling at more than twice the speed limit when he weaved between lanes and cut across the path of another driver.
Judge William Gaskell said: “This was a highly dangerous piece of driving.”
The court heard the incident occurred at 8.20pm on July 29 at a roundabout on the A4049.
Stephen Donaghue, prosecuting, said Withers was seen to weave between lanes as he approached the roundabout. There was a 30mph speed limit in place but police calculated he was driving around 72mph. Prosecutors said Withers wanted to turn left but he was in the right-hand lane so he cut across the path of the driver on his left to exit the roundabout.
Mr Donaghue said the defendant lost control of his car causing a collision that involved three moving vehicles and three stationary vehicles. The court heard he hit the first car so hard it was pushed backwards into another car. That car then “flew back” and hit three parked cars.
Prosecutors said one of the victims suffered shoulder pain and another soft tissue damage.
Margaret Smith, 87, was in the second car with her daughter, who remembered seeing the boot of the car in front of them hit their windscreen.
The prosecutor said Ms Smith had to spend two weeks in hospital. She suffered a broken toe, neck pain, a lump and cut to her head, as well as tenderness in her hip and sternum.
Mr Donaghue said she depended on her car for mobility but has been scared to go out since the crash. He added she is now unsteady on her feet and still suffers pain every day.
The court heard she had been visiting her brother on the day of the crash and he died while she was in hospital, which prosecutors said had a “devastating” effect upon her.
Withers, from Blackwood, admitted dangerous driving.
Hashim Salman, defending, said his client had no previous convictions. He said: “He has expressed sincere and deep remorse.”
The court heard he was working as a taxi driver for the family business. He asked for any sentence of imprisonment to be suspended but the judge said the offending was too serious.
Judge Gaskell described his speed as “grossly excessive”.
He told the defendant: “This driving clearly calls for a custodial sentence. I am asked to suspend it. It cannot be suspended.” The judge added: “It is pure good fortune the injuries were not more serious and it it no thanks to you.”
Withers was jailed for 12 months and disqualified from driving for two years. He must also pay a £140 victim surcharge.