Driver who narrowly missed 14-year-old pedestrian after jumping red light is sentenced

A driver who was caught jumping a set of red traffic lights almost hitting a 14-year-old pedestrian, has been sentenced.

Ian Gruber, 39, was caught on a nearby HGV driver's dash cam as he jumped the set of pedestrian lights in Ewell in Surrey last November, narrowly missing a school boy crossing on the green man.

Gruber was given a six week sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 80 hours community service after being found guilty following a trial at Guildford Magistrates Court.

He also received a 15 month disqualification with an extended test and prosecution costs of £230.

The incident took place on 15 November, 2018 at 3.30pm on the A24 Kingston Road, Ewell when a Ford Tipper jumped the lights. The driver, Ian Gruber, 39, was identified and tracked down thanks to the dash cam footage from a nearby HGV driver.

Roads Policing Officer, PC Keiron Palmer, said: “This incident is a sharp reminder of what can happen if you are caught driving dangerously.

"Fortunately the 14-year-old was not hit, but things could have worked out very differently. This incident also demonstrates the important part dash cam footage can play in bringing about a successful prosecution.”