Man jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting crashing into people waiting for a food bank

Martin Casey Credit: Derbyshire Police

A man from Long Eaton has been jailed for two and a half years after crashing his van into a queue of people outside a food bank in Kirk Hallam in Derbyshire last year.

Martin Casey, 38, had a partial seizure and injured a number of  people, three of whom needed hospital treatment.

The court heard that Casey knew he was unwell and that he should never had been driving. 

Martin Casey was behind the wheel of a Ford van which collided with a number of people outside the Kirk Hallam Community Hall in Kenilworth Drive on Friday 5 July, 2019.

Nottingham Crown Court heard today that Casey had crashed into the same building just a week before and then had another collision just days later in Long Eaton.

Casey, of College Street, Long Eaton, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of dangerous driving.

DC Scott Cooper said,

Each and every driver that gets behind the wheel of the car is taking on an enormous responsibility. It may be an everyday activity but as myself and my colleagues see on a daily basis a simple drive can be fatal.

In the days leading up to the crash in Kirk Hallam, Casey had several other collisions with vehicles and it must have been clear to him that something was wrong. Instead of doing what he morally and legally should have – in stopping driving and informing the driving authorities – he put himself and every other road user at risk.

DC Scott Cooper, Derbyshire Police

He added that the DVLA lists more than 80 different conditions that you must inform them about if you are diagnosed and if believe that someone is driving and is unfit to do so, then you can contact your local police force in confidence.