A disabled driver who seriously hurt three people, including a two-week-old baby, has received a lifetime driving ban and suspended jail term.
Rebecca Ruby McAllister, 51, pleaded guilty at Belfast Crown Court to three counts of causing grievous bodily injury by careless driving on August 28, 2011, in north Belfast.
Prosecutor Tessa Kitson told the court McAllister, from Cliftonville Road, was driving her Renault Clio mobility car along the Oldpark Road that evening around 6.30pm.
She said the defendant, who suffered a stroke a few years earlier, appeared to have lost control while negotiating a roundabout and had then “veered straight across the road striking a black waste bin, mounted the pavement and crashed through the window and door of the Capital Chinese Takeaway”.
The little boy was in a pram outside and a woman in her 50s moved to push it aside before being struck herself.
The court was told the woman spent two months in hospital due to a shattered pelvis, a fractured knee and more.
She even considered taking her own life because of the quality of life she faced.
The judge heard both a 10-year-old girl and the baby suffered fractured skulls, but had both recovered.
Ms Kitson said McAllister could not explain to police how she lost control or why she did not try and brake.
A defence barrister said McAllister had not driven since, adding the accident had a significant impact on her mental health as well.
Judge Corinne Philpott QCsaid, given the guilty plea and her clear record, she yesterday handed down a 15-month sentence suspended for two years, plus a lifetime driving ban and £200 fine.