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13-month jail sentence for hit-and-run

posted 28 Apr 2009, 04:42 by David Rintoul

A hit-and-run driver who left a teenage boy severely injured has been jailed for 13 months.

Uzair Zuber was speeding in Dalry Road when he hit the 15-year-old on a pedestrian crossing, throwing him against a bus stop.

Zuber, 22, of Grove Street, Edinburgh, then fled the scene, leaving the schoolboy critically injured, and did not report the accident for an hour and a half.

He pleaded guilty to driving dangerously at excessive speed and failing to report the accident at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier this month.

Yesterday, Sheriff Kenneth Maciver said Zuber had to be jailed to protect the public and also disqualified him from driving for five years.

The sheriff said: "The driving was both appalling and inexplicable in that you didn't stop after this obvious heavy impact which must have been obvious to you to have been serious."

Zuber was driving a silver Renault Clio at around 38mph in a 30mph limit when the accident happened on March 28th last year.

His victim was using a pedestrian crossing with two other people. He swerved to avoid them but hit the 15-year-old.

Source: Evening News

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The boy suffered a fractured skull and leg injuries and needed emergency surgery to reduce swelling to his brain.