Motorist admits dangerous driving after hitting woman in Highgate during police chase
PUBLISHED: 14:20 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:19 19 September 2014
A disqualified motorist who seriously injured a pedestrian during a high-speed police chase – in a hit-and-run crash – has today admitted a string of offences.
Lee Smith, 23, of Endsleigh Gardens, Euston, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a collision, driving with no insurance and driving whilst disqualified at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today.
A 27-year-old woman was hospitalised after being hit by Smith’s Ford Focus in Shepherds Hill, Highgate, on Monday (September 15).
She remains in hospital where she is being treated for leg and head injuries. Police said her condition is serious but not life-threatening.
Smith crashed into the woman as he was being pursued by police with flashing lights and sirens.
The chase began when officers tried to stop him at about 11.35am in Colindale.
He hit the pedestrian about 10 minutes later before driving off. Police stopped to help the injured woman.
It later emerged that the Ford Focus had been reported lost or stolen.
The Ford Focus was later found in Highgate and Smith was arrested in Tottenham on Wednesday.
Smith has been remanded into custody. A date has yet to be set for his sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court.