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Driver Marcus Bessent screamed at road crash victim after knocking him down in Dover

By Paul Hooper

A callous driver knocked down a man as he crossed the road...and as he lay in agony screamed at him: "Get out of the f****g road".

It happened as Marcus Bessent had cut a corner in Roosevelt Road, Dover, crossing over the white line and driving in excess of the 30mph limit.

Then the 38-year-old left victim, engineering company boss Lucan Day, on the ground before driving away and turning off his car lights, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Canterbury Crown Court. Stock picture
Canterbury Crown Court. Stock picture

Now Bessent, 38, of Guildford Avenue, Dover, has been banned from driving for four years after admitting causing injury by driving dangerously in November last year.

He was also jailed for two years after also admitting having no insurance and failing to stop after an accident.

Prosecutor Viv Walters told how the incident happened at 7.50pm when Bessent was at the wheel of his uninsured Vauxhall Zafira.

She said Mr Day was in Weavers Way and on his way to Old Park Hill in Dover and had reached the junction at Roosevelt Road.

“As they were more than half way across the road, they saw the Zafira approaching from Old Park Hill, which he estimated was between 30 to 40mph.

“He looked towards friends and the next thing he remembers was being hit by the Zafira, knocked into the air and across the windscreen," she added.

The prosecutor said an eye witness saw the Zafira cut a corner before throwing Mr Day five metres in the air.

“You stopped the car..but not to offer any kind of assistance but rather to be abusive to an injured person" - Judge Heather Norton

As he lay injured in the road, Bessent wound down his window and shouted: “Get out of the f***** road.”

Ms Walters said a passenger in Bessent’s vehicle also screamed abuse before the car drove away as Bessent turned off his lights in a deliberate attempt to avoid detection.”

The court heard how Mr Day remember part of the registration number and identified Bessent later as they had attended the same school.

Mr Day was taken to hospital and is still recovering from a serious long-lasting knee injury and was forced to cancel a dream £6,500 holiday for his family.

Bessent told police he hadn’t any insurance for the car and just panicked after ensuring the victim wasn’t dead.

Judge Heather Norton told him: “Having hit Mr Day, you did nothing to help him and in fact you acted in completely the opposite way.

“You stopped the car..but not to offer any kind of assistance but rather to be abusive to an injured person. You then drove off turning off your lights.

“This could so easily have led to a death.”

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