Terrible video footage captured the moment a father shouted in fear after his six-year-old son was hit by a drug addict driving 60 km / h in a 30-zone.
James Herring’s GoPro camera mounted on the helmet captured the disturbing scenes after his son Noah was hit by a Mercedes Benz driven by Harry Summersgill, 24, in Eaglescliffe, Durham County, on 28 February.
In the footage released by police at the request of Noah’s parents, Mr Herring may be heard in panic and tell his son not to move while talking to emergency call handlers.
The father and son had the bike to the park on a particular bike path when the Mercedes crossed two lanes before mounting the sidewalk and hitting Noah.
Summersgill was found to be driving under the influence of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine. He was later charged and found guilty at Teesside Crown Court and jailed for three years.
The court had heard how the driver stood back and did nothing to help the injured boy after the collision at 7 a.m. Noah was rushed to the hospital with a brain haemorrhage as well as a fracture of the lower left leg and collarbone.
Pictured: The scene after the crash in Eaglescliffe, County Durham, on 28 February
Noah was rushed to hospital with a brain haemorrhage and a fracture of his lower left leg and collarbone.
Inspector Dave Williams of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit said: ‘Noah and James were out cycling and having a nice morning when Harry Summersgill, deliberately under the influence of a cocktail of drugs, drove his car and hit Noah at high speed.
‘Noah’s family knows how lucky they were that day; the result could have been much worse and we are all grateful that it was not.
‘There will be increased activity and an increased focus on drug driving during the two-week National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) campaign, although police will continue to tackle the issue year-round.
‘To anyone who may get into their car for the purpose of driving under the influence; I would encourage you to watch this recording and see for yourself the terrible circumstances.
‘No driver should ever take risks like these. This is unacceptable and we do not tolerate anyone taking drugs or drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.
‘Our message is simple. Do not. ‘
After the collision, Summersgill described the crash as a ‘simple accident’ and admitted to still having cocaine in his nose. But in a statement, Noah’s father James told Summersgill that he had turned his back on him and Noah, without worrying about whether he was alive or dead.
James Herring’s GoPro camera mounted on the helmet captured the disturbing scenes after his son Noah was hit by a Mercedes Benz driven by Harry Summersgill, 24, in Eaglescliffe, County Durham, on February 28.
Sir. Herring said: ‘Noah was exactly where he was supposed to be that morning, in front of his father, who was listening to instructions.
‘You, Harry, were not, however, too caught up in your own selfish act of self-destruction to worry about the consequences of your actions for anyone or anything around you.’
Prosecutor Susan Hirst had said Noah and his father had been on an early bike ride to Preston Park when the collision took place on Sunday, February 28th.
She said his father, who had a camera on to film their journey, usually took their bikes in the van, but had decided that Noah was fit enough to ride the entire route.
Mrs Hirst said Mr Herring had carefully planned the route to make sure Noah, who had his helmet and vest in high visibility, was safe.
She said, ‘He has taken all the precautions he could to take care of Noah.’
Harry Summersgill, 24, drove into Noah Herring, six, while speeding 30 km / h at Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham County
The court in Middlesbrough heard how Summersgill, who was also driven to the hospital, had driven more than 60 km / h on the road 30 km / h. In the picture: Summersgill’s Mercedes Benz
The court heard how the couple cycled in the bike lane on Yarm Road, shortly after noon. 7, when Mr. Herring heard a noise behind him that sounded like a car in motion.
Mrs Hirst said he looked over his shoulder and saw a Mercedes driving towards the two of them.
She said: ‘It ran over the bus lane and on the bike path. Sir. Herring heard a bang and heard the car crash into the bus light and take Noah with him.
‘There was dust and rubbish, and at first Mr Herring could not see where his son was. He realized that Noah was on earth. He thought he had not survived. ‘
Mrs Hirst told the court that Noah opened his eyes but appeared to be in ‘terrible pain’. She said a nearby resident who was a nurse came out to help and a woman told her ‘We have hit a child’.
Mrs Hirst said she saw a metal bar through the front of the windscreen and the rear window was smashed. She added how the nurse saw Summersgill, dressed in dark clothes, stood back and offered no help.
Summersgill, who appeared in court via video link to Durham Jail, sounded a relieved sigh as Mrs Hirst told the court that Noah, who did not require surgery, did not expect to have any long-term physical effects from the injuries.
The court in Middlesbrough heard how Summersgill, who was also being driven to hospital, had driven more than 60km / h on the 30km / h road.
She said: ‘Defendant’s response to his arrest was that it was a simple accident.’
Officers found a bong known to smoke cannabis inside the car, which was owned by the other woman at the scene, passenger Laura Webster.
Mrs Hirst said Mrs Webster had told police how they had previously been to Tesco to buy a bottle of vodka, they had both ingested drugs and Summersgill had taken cocaine.
She said: ‘When this was put to him, he did not deny it and said he could feel cocaine in his nose. I stated that he had been taking drugs for about 10 years for what he describes as a release. ‘
During his statement on the consequences for victims, Mr Herring said he was mentally struggling to cope with everything that morning but mostly Noah’s injuries.
He said: ‘I have had to tell him that everything will be fine as I did not know it would be. I slept on his side every single night for four weeks because we did not want to leave each other’s sides. ‘
He told Summersgill: ‘This is not a simple accident. The biggest question I ask myself now is, can I protect my son from someone like you?
‘I live by the fact that Noah is still with us by a miracle. I hope your punishment will affect your life as you have affected mine. You may not have taken my life that day, but you have taken my spirit. ‘
In her statement on the consequences for the victim, Noah’s mother Samantha told the defendant: ‘I hope you have seen the harm you have caused Noah, myself, his father, his siblings and your own family.’
She told him she hoped he would never put another family through this again, and Noah returns to the carefree child he was before the accident.
She reiterated: ‘This is not a simple accident.’
Summersgill, in Long Newton, Stockton, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm in dangerous driving.
Judge Crowson sentenced Summersgill to three years behind bars.
He also banned him from driving for six and a half years.