Old woman, 84, hit teen boy with car and went home for cup of tea

An old-age pensioner who hit a 13-year-old boy with her car before driving off and "having a cup of tea" escaped with just a fine and penalty points despite the schoolchild suffering broken bones after being sent flying into the air.

Muriel Jaap, 84, struck the youngster as he crossed the road in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland after traffic had stopped to allow an ambulance to pass for an unrelated incident.

The April collision sent the schoolboy flying into the air, leaving him with a broken collarbone and pinky finger, the Daily Record reported.

Police launched a 10-day hunt for the assailant in a Vauxhall Corsa and saw on CCTV how it slowed down but did not stop while others stopped to offer their assistance to the child.

Her registration was traced through surveillance footage, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard. She admitted failing to stop her vehicle despite leaving the teenager badly injured.

The child was removed from the scene on a spinal board and taken to Wishaw General Hospital. He has since made a full recovery.

Defending Jaap, Kris Kane said: "She was shocked, stunned and panicked and drove herself home and made herself a cup of tea and for that, she is deeply ashamed and continues to feel she must face the consequences for her actions."

Sheriff Moira MacKenzie fined her £300 and added six points to her licence.

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Sheriff MacKenzie told Jaap she would have been fined £400 and handed eight penalty points had she not pled guilty.

Kris Kane, defending, added: "This was a ghastly incident and she extends her apology to the victim who has now made a full recovery.

"She has 50 years of driving experience without any blemishes on her record and was given a chance to plead to this matter early and has done so. She simply can't explain what happened and events overtook her."

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