A TEENAGE driver who fled after knocking over a schoolboy has been banned from the roads.
Alamin Miah ran through a red light at Western Approach, Laygate, South Shields, on the evening of February 8 and hit the 11-year-old as he crossed the road.
The 18-year-old stopped his car but, after seeing the boy get up, he drove off.
Miah, who lives in Kingsway, Darlington, was driving into South Shields to visit family.
He pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident and careless driving at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, told the court that the boy suffered scrapes and grazes on his legs.
He said: “The victim was an 11-year-old schoolboy. He was crossing the road at evening, but says it was well-lit and the lights were on green for him to cross.
“As he crossed, he said a car hit him on his left side, knocking him down onto his knees.
“He limped to the side of the road and saw the car stop, then drive off.”
Mr Sudworth said that Miah was arrested later that night at his home in Darlington, after his registration plate was traced.
In his interview with police, he said he thought the traffic lights were on amber and that he didn’t see the boy.
Mr Sudworth added: “He told the officers that when he saw the boy on the ground, he thought he must have run across the road and tripped.”
The court heard that Miah only passed his driving test in March 2012.
Peter Bradford, defending, said: “This occurred largely as a result of his driving, his age and his naïvety on the day.
“He was driving to see family in the area and must have been travelling at a very slow speed.
“He says it was less than 5mph and that would tie in with the boy’s injuries.
“When he saw the boy on the ground, he did stop, but he didn’t get out of the car and make himself known like he should have.
“When he drove off, he had seen the young boy get up and thought he was all right.”
Magistrates added seven penalty points onto Miah’s licence, but as the crime was committed within the first year of him being a driver, his licence was revoked and he will have to re-apply for it.
They also fined him £150 and ordered him to pay £150 court costs and £50 compensation to his victim.