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Speeding driver crash 'left teenager seriously injured'

A driver left a 14-year-old passenger with a ruptured spleen and broken pelvis after crashing into a tree, a court has heard.

Peter Hutchison, who was driving at "excessive speed", lost control of his car while driving in Dundee with the boy and two other passengers last July.

Hutchison, 19, of Errol, Perthshire will be sentenced on 16 August and was banned from driving in the meantime.

The court heard the 14-year-old still suffers nightmares about the incident.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that the passengers were all previously known to Hutchison.

Depute fiscal Saima Rasheed said that Hutchison's vehicle spun out of control on Blackness Road and hit a parked car.

Miss Rasheed said: "The car was extensively damaged and pushed around 10 metres down the road.

"The 14-year-old had a ruptured spleen, a broken pelvis and a torn lung and was taken to the surgical high dependence unit.

"Police checked with him last week and he stated he still has pain and stiffness in his legs and back.

"He suffers nightmares and becomes frightened to move."

Hutchison admitted driving dangerously at excessive speed and causing serious injury to two passengers on 11 July, 2015 on two roads in Dundee.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC told him: "It is a serious matter given your driving has caused serious injury and has had serious consequences."

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