Man crashed into mother and blind son in hit-and-run

  • Driver crashed into pair in their car and drove off
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A DRIVER crashed into the car of a woman and her adult son and then sped away.

Robert McMillan crashed into Doreen Wilson’s car with her blind son passenger in London Road, Hilsea.

He just drove off without any concern for our wellbeing – it could have been worse


The victim feared her car would flip over in the crash last December 17 at around 1.10pm.

‘It span 90 degrees coming to a stop,’ Fern Russell, prosecuting, told the court.

The victim was on her way to the Portsmouth Blind Association end-of-year celebrations – something she and her son had to miss due to the crash.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard a witness had seen the crash and called police as McMillan, 20, drove off towards the Portsbridge Roundabout.

When officers checked the registration they went to the registered keeper’s address – McMillan’s mother’s home.

McMillan pretended not to be in until he was rumbled by police who called his mobile.

‘He eventually did come to the door with car keys in his hands,’ Ms Russell added.

As police went to arrest him he started shouting and swearing at them.

‘He did become very aggressive and was actively resisting arrest,’ she added.

‘They all struggled to put the cuffs on him.’

On an earlier occasion police searched his home and found herbal cannabis, which he said he paid £10 for.

McMillan, of Salterns Avenue, Milton, pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident and resisting a constable in the execution of his duty.

He also admitted possessing cannabis, a class B drug.

He also admitted breaching a suspended sentence given to him following a conviction for being concerned in the supply of a class B drug, cannabis.

Judge Claudia Ackner handed him a 12-month community order for the drug offence and for obstructing the police.

He received nine points on his licence for failing to stop.

A statement by Doreen Wilson read in court said: ‘He just drove off without any concern for our wellbeing – it could have been worse.’

Howard Barrington Clark, defending, said: ‘There’s something that can be saved in this young man.’