THIS is the terrifying moment a driver veered onto the wrong side of the road, smashed into another car and flipped upside down – before escaping prosecution.
Driving instructor Colin Savage has described the decision not to pursue charges as “disgraceful” following the horrific crash in Canterbury, Kent.
The 48-year-old man was behind the wheel of his Ford Puma with his wife in the passenger seat when a black Nissan Qashqai rounded a bend and crossed the dividing line.
Mr Savage swerved into bushes but was unable to get far enough to avoid the oncoming vehicle.
He suffered severe neck and shoulder injuries in the crash, while his wife is a “nervous wreck” and afraid to get back into the car.
However, the other driver was not prosecuted after the incident. Instead, officers ordered him to attend a driver awareness course.
Mr Savage told Kent Online: “I think it’s disgraceful.
“The police said, ‘Oh, he didn’t get away with it’ – but he got through.
“He’s not being chased, he’s got nothing on his ID and he’s not affected in any way, shape or form.
“I’m potentially going to have to have shoulder surgery and my wife is seeing a psychiatrist because she cries every time we’re driving down a country road and a car goes the other way.”
He said he had “only one second to react” from the moment the driver crossed the central reservation.
“I would guess the meter was in my lane,” he said.
“I swerved into a hedge to avoid hitting him in a head-on collision.
The Nissan hit the side of the Ford before flipping onto its side and hitting a tree.
“I absolutely dread the thought of it being one of my pupils driving and coming around the corner,” Mr Savage said.
“I’m watching the video and I don’t know how I missed it.
His wife was taken to the hospital by paramedics after the accident. She suffered muscle damage that made her arthritis “1,000 times worse”, Mr Savage said.
“She was all black and blue from the seat belt and the airbag – we both have airbag burns – and is being referred to a psychiatrist,” he said.
“Now she tries to avoid driving, she used to be a very confident driver and passenger.
“We used to drive everywhere and she would read maps, but now she’s a nervous wreck.
I only had a second to react… I would guess the meter was in my lane
“Every time we’re on the road and a car is coming the other way, he flinches.
Officers confirmed they were called to the crash at 2.25pm on May 9.
“The woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and the police cleared the road and helped free the vehicles,” the spokeswoman said.
“A breathalyzer brought to the scene was found to be inoperable, so no driver was breathalysed, even though none of those involved were suspected of drink driving.
“Following a review of the circumstances by Kent Police’s Traffic Summons Case Review Team, one of the drivers involved was offered a safe and considerate driver awareness course.
“If the driver refuses to take the course, further consideration will be given to issuing a summons or fine.”