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A driver who injured a pedestrian in a hit-and-run crash captured on CCTV and seen by millions has been jailed. Adam McDermott, 33, left Andy Payne, 54, “as if for dead”, after driving into him at “extortionate speed”, Lewes Crown Court was told.He fled the scene, in Montague Place, Brighton, in his then-fiancee’s Fiat 500 before torching it and going on the run.McDermott, of South Coast Road, was jailed for six-and-a-half years.He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance and perverting the course of justice.’Miracle’ survivalMr Payne suffered two bleeds on the brain and a punctured lung in the crash on 14 January 2016.CCTV footage released by police, which was viewed more than three million times online, was shown at the sentencing hearing.Mr Payne left the courtroom while this was played and said he never wants to see it.In a statement read to the court, he said it was a “miracle” he survived.The court heard he continues to have treatment for his shoulder and back, and his spatial awareness and memory have been affected. He has no memory of being hit, he said. Sentencing, Judge Charles Kemp spoke of Mr Payne’s “sheer disbelief” that McDermott could “callously drive off”.”There can be no question that you knew you had hit him but you drove on,” he said.
McDermott, who was already in prison for another offence, was sentenced in his absence. He has 47 previous convictions for 114 offences including driving offences and violence, the court heard.Addressing him as if he were in court, the judge said: “You are, in my view, a man to whom crime comes all too easily”. McDermott was given four years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and two-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice, to run consecutively. Two others were sentenced for their parts in trying to cover-up the hit-and run. Robyn Burns, 30, of South Coast Road, had admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years. A third defendant, Clark Walker, 32, of Ditchling Rise, Brighton, had admitted a conspiracy charge at an earlier hearing and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Source: BBC Sussex