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Shocking moment woman nearly killed after driver crashes into lamppost

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Dramatic footage shows the moment a woman was 'nearly killed' after a drink driver drove into the lamppost she was standing next to.

In the video, the woman can be seen flying through the air, after being hit by the car, and landing in the road outside the Blueprint bar in Gravel Street, Leicester.

The 21-year old driver Muhammad Bhayat initially denied he was driving and gave the police a false name, but his DNA was found on the airbag.

Bhayat drove through red traffic lights before crashing into the lamppost.

It happened at around 5.45am on 18 October last year.

The post took most of the force of the impact, which possibly saved the woman's life.

She was taken to hospital suffering from lacerations as well as internal and external bruises.

She was in considerable pain and unable to work for two months, and the shock of what happened left her with anxiety and she suffered sleepless nights.

Bhayat appeared at Leicester Crown Court last week where he was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £3,000 compensation to the victim.

Phillip Plant, prosecuting, told the court how Bhayat also had two passengers with him in the car.

Robert Lassey, mitigating, said the defendant, who was 20 at the time, was "ashamed and remorseful."

Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: "You came very close to killing her."

"If you had you'd be going to prison for 10 years or more. I've heard a lot about you and I think a lot is self-indulgent feeling sorry for yourself."

"I'm not sure if there was a mental disorder in October last year."

"It wasn't reported to a doctor before this."

"But I can't rule out the possibility there was some sort of mental illness."

"You drove when under the influence of cannabis and when nearly twice the drink drive limit; that's the cause of what happened during the early hours of October 18."

"You lost control and collided with a lamppost."

– Judge Nicholas Dean QC

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