Moment car flies through air with toddler inside as driver crashes into house

A toddler had a miraculous escape when a car went flying through the air and crash-landed in a front yard.

Dramatic CCTV captures the moment Steven Taylor's Ford Focus became airborne after hitting a roundabout and street light, which acted "almost like a ramp", ChronicleLive reports.

A court heard Taylor had previously been told by doctors not to drive for six months after he suffered a serious head injury when he slipped on rocks while looking for crabs on the coast in August 2019.

But just six weeks later, the 32-year-old plasterer was back behind the wheel and lost control of his car, the underside of which ended up facing a family's living room window after the terrifying crash.

Taylor suffered "life-changing" injuries in the crash at Ashington, Northumberland, but miraculously the toddler who was with him in the car was unhurt.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the crash caused almost £7,000 damage to two walls outside the properties where the car landed.

Prosecutor John Crawford told the court: "On September 22 2019 he was driving a Ford Focus on Newbiggin Road in Ashington at about 8.45pm.

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"There is CCTV that shows he was travelling over 30mph, the speed limit, and then fails to negotiate a roundabout, hitting the roundabout and street light on it.

"The street light acts almost like a ramp, the car gains air and passes over a wall and railings before landing in a garden."

Mr Crawford said Taylor suffered "very significant injuries" but the young passenger suffered none at all.

He added: "The period of driving was relatively short but the damage and consequences are significant."

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Taylor, of Garden City Villas, Ashington, admitted dangerous driving.

Penny Hall, defending, told the court "he accepts driving when he ought not to have been" but added that Taylor could not recall being told not to.

Miss Hall said Taylor will be under the care of medical professionals for some time as a result of his crash injuries.

Judge Christopher Prince sentenced him to four months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with a one-year road ban.

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