A TEENAGER who caused a car crash which left a family in hospital has been allowed to keep his licence.
The 17-year-old had only held a full licence for three months when he lost control of his Volkswagen Golf on the eastbound M27 near junction 12, for Cosham, in the early hours of September 11.
After overtaking a car at about 2.15am, the youth drifted back across the carriageway and into the crash barrier, ricocheting into a third car – a Vauxhall Vectra.
The Vectra’s driver Jayne Joseph suffered a fractured hand, her husband had a sprained ankle and their two children in the back sustained severe bruising. All four were taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, for treatment.
The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied he had fallen asleep at the wheel.
He had been to college and spent six hours in a part-time evening job before meeting up with a friend and then driving to Portsmouth to pick up a relative when the accident happened.
He said that he could not remember anything of the incident itself.
Following a trial for driving without due care and attention, Fareham magistrates found the youth guilty and ordered five points to be put on his licence. The teenager must pay a £150 fine and £200 costs.
As a new driver he would have automatically lost his licence if he got six or more points.