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Driver who knocked over girl guilty of being 'careless'

A driver who knocked down a 14-year-old girl in Luton and fled the scene has been convicted of careless driving.

Raza Rehmat, 25, was cleared of a charge of dangerous driving. Judge John Bevan QC told the Luton Crown Court jury he agreed with the verdicts.

Rehmat, of Holland Road, Luton, was speeding before and after the incident in Leagrave Road, the court heard.

The girl had to have part of her skull removed to relieve the pressure on her brain, jurors were told.

She had just got off a minibus bringing her home from her private school in Portland Road on 26 April last year. Rehmat's black VW Golf hit her and threw her into the air.

In a statement read to the court she said she remembered nothing about the accident and her first memory was waking up in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Rehmat denied careless driving but admitted leaving the scene of an accident. He will be sentenced later.

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