Lincolnshire crash driver loses licence ban appeal

Adam Hill's car after the collision where he drove on the wrong side of the road Image copyright Lincolnshire Police
Image caption Adam Hill's car was badly damaged after the crash near Market Rasen in December 2013

A driver who caused serious injuries to two teenagers in a crash has failed to reduce his three-year driving ban.

Adam Hill, 37, was jailed for 15 months after he hit a car carrying friends Beth Tyson and Kate Hunter near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, in December 2013.

A judge at Lincoln Crown Court told him that disqualification was part of the punishment.

Hill, of Caistor, served four months in prison before being released under a curfew.

He later became friends with Ms Hunter after meeting her through the restorative justice scheme.

The decision to release Hill was criticised by his other victim, Ms Tyson, who was left unable to walk unaided following the collision.

Hill was on the wrong side of the A46 when he hit the vehicle. He denied causing injury by dangerous driving but was convicted and jailed in July 2015.

A letter of support from Ms Hunter and her parents was handed to the judge when Hill made an application to reduce his driving ban by six months.

'Intolerably hard'

Hill told the court he did not have an income but he had a definite job offer from a car dealership if he had his licence returned.

"I'm at a point where I need to get back in to work," Hill told the hearing.

Hill insisted he would continue his "restorative justice" work, adding, "I want to do as much good as I can."

Rejecting Hill's application, Judge Pini said he was "impressed to a degree" by his efforts.

The judge said: "While life is hard for you being disqualified, I have to bear in mind that life is intolerably hard for Beth Tyson and Kate Hunter.

"The disqualification is part of the punishment, it is a significant part of the sentence, it is meant to hurt."

Image caption Beth Tyson, who was 18 at the time, criticised Hill's early release from prison

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