Liam Cronin, 23, jailed after 'crazy' drive ended in head-on crash on the A52
A "CRAZY" driver smashed head-on into a teenager's car after overtaking on a blind bend at 70mph.
Liam Cronin, 23, was "recklessly" overtaking cars and lorries on the A52 between Derby and Ashbourne on May 4, Derby Crown Court was told.
Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said vehicles had to brake sharply as Cronin pulled in front of them dangerously to avoid oncoming traffic.
Mr Wolfson said Cronin, of Ashbourne Road, Mackworth, travelled through Kirk Langley and Brailsford – which have limits of 30mph – at speeds of up to 70mph.
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As Cronin got through Brailsford, he then overtook another car on blind bend.
Mr Wolfson said: "One witness, who the defendant overtook, said she had never seen such dangerous driving. As he overtook on the blind bend, a car driven by 19-year-old Megan Blake was coming in the opposite direction.
"She was with her boyfriend and told police they thought they were going to be killed. The defendant's car started fishtailing just before the collision. Megan could not get her car out of the way and there was a collision."
Cronin, who came into the dock on crutches, suffered a broken leg, kneecap, ankle and hip in the accident. Miss Blake suffered from back, hip and pelvic injuries.
Mr Wolfson said: "The accident has left her unable to ride horses, which she describes as her one true love. Emotionally, she says she has been affected and she is going back for further hospital tests in April next year. She hopes the sentence justifies the distress he has caused her."
The court was told Cronin was making progress from his injuries but required further surgery. His previous convictions include offences of burglary and violence.
Judge Hilary Watson jailed him for six months and banned him from driving for two years after he admitted dangerous driving.
Judge Watson said: "I think that you understand this was a particularly crazy and dangerous piece of driving.
"Miss Blake and her boyfriend were left frozen in fear, waiting for the inevitable collision and not be able to do anything about it.
"You drove with excessive and extreme speed, often at more than 30mph more than the limit for this road."
Nicola Hornby, for Cronin, said he had to spend three weeks in hospital and showed genuine regret and remorse.