Two supercar drivers who collided at the Tinsley roundabout in South Yorkshire in 2018 have been handed suspended sentences at Sheffield Crown Court.
On Sunday 20 May 2018 at 7:55 pm, officers were called to a road traffic collision on the Tinsley roundabout involving a grey Ferrari 458 and a red Porsche.
The driver of the Porsche, 27-year-old Henry James Hibbs from Middlefield, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Ferrari, 32-year-old Carl Hartley from Swadlincote, Derbyshire fled from the scene before the officer’s arrival.
Hartley, who later identified himself as being involved in the collision, said that his brakes on the vehicle had failed and caused him to collide with the Porsche.
An extensive investigation by officers into the circumstances surrounding the incident commenced.
Traffic Officer and Officer in Charge of the investigation PC McEnery explains more about the investigation, he said:
“The airbag unit from the Ferrari was shipped overseas where a professional was able to confirm at what speed the airbags in the vehicle were deployed – 68mph.
“The road that the cars collided on has a 50mph speed limit.
“A collisions investigator carried out extensive tests on the car to check for damage to the braking system- no damage was found.
“Within the investigation, officers appealed to the public for information
and witnesses who had seen the cars earlier in the evening.
“Numerous witnesses came forward, all highlighting the ‘dangerous’, ‘unsafe’ and ‘racing style’ behaviour that the drivers had been showcasing across South Yorkshire.
“Both vehicles were captured on numerous CCTV footage at various locations.”
Hartley pleaded guilty at the start of the trail in November 2019.
On Wednesday 15 January, he was sentenced to nine-month in prison, suspended for 24 months and 200 hours unpaid work.
He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended test before driving again and ordered to pay £1400 in costs.
Hibbs, the driver of the Porsche, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving and a weeklong trial started, ending on Tuesday 12 November 2019.
The jury found him guilty of dangerous driving.
He was sentenced to ten months in prison, suspended for 24 months and 220 hours of unpaid work.
He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended test before driving again and ordered to pay £4070 costs.
PC McEnery added:
“Vehicles racing and travelling at speed are a dangerous combination, and this collision could have seriously injured the drivers and innocent road users.
“I hope Hibbs and Hartley reflect on what consequences their actions could have had.”
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