A new driver left a teenager seriously injured while attempting to recreate a viral TikTok trend known as car surfing.
The recording ended in disaster when the teen fell off the bonnet and suffered serious head injuries.
Natasha Graham drove the youth on the car in a supermarket car park, and the victim fell off the Fiat 500 and suffered a fractured skull, brain bleed as well as a fractured ankle.
The nursery nurse, 19, who pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, has been handed a suspended sentence.
Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, told the court the crash took place in the Morrison’s car park at Seaburn, Sunderland, in November last year, writes ChronicleLive.
Footage taken on a mobile phone showed the horrific incident where the teen fell from the car.
Witnesses said the vehicle had been driving in large circles around the car park but wasn’t going very fast.
Mr Wardlaw said: “The complainant was initially laughing but it became screams as the car became faster, before they slipped off.”
The teen spent time in intensive care with a fractured skull, a small bleed on the brain, and a fractured ankle.
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The victim continues to suffer ongoing medical issues, including a change in personality, mood swings, an inability to process basic information but is making good progress.
When interviewed by police, Graham, of Oak Avenue, South Shields, told cops she was a new driver and not used to the car.
She added when she pulled away a bit fast and struggled to find the bite of the clutch, the victim must have got a shock over the noise of the engine and must have jumped off the bonnet.
Judge Edward Legard told her: “This was in any view an immature and wholly inappropriate driving prank that has led to very serious consequences for the victim and for yourself.
“Things could so very easily have been even more serious, if not fatal.
“Cars are not playthings, they are heavy lumps of metal, propelled by powerful engines in them.
“You decided it would be fun to try to recreate a TikTok video whereby one person holds onto the bonnet while the car was being driven around.
“It might sound or even look fun but it was patently and inherently dangerous.”
Graham was sentenced to 12 months suspended for 18 and ordered to undergo 200 hours unpaid work and handed a two-year driving ban.
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