‘Airborne’ Fiat 500 flips five times as driver lost control and spirals into sky
A horror crash saw a small car launched into the air and flip five times after the driver lost control.
Jackson Davis, 20, was driving a Fiat 500 on West Road in Carleton, North Yorkshire, in September, 2022.
He shocking lost control after trying to avoid crashing into another car, but both he and his passenger – who lost consciousness in the crash – ended up several feet in the air.
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The car was filmed on a dash cam spinning several times in the air, crashing onto the ground below with the two men still inside.
Skipton Magistrates Court heard how emergency services rushed to the scene after a call was made to the police just before 5pm.
A witness told the court they believed the Fiat was travelling at “some speed” and had not seemed “completely settled” on the road – they also described how the car appeared to become “airborne”.
Davis, who admitted driving without due care and attention, disputed that he had been travelling at a speed but accepted that he had lost control of the vehicle.
In mitigation, Keith Blackwell said it had been a shocking event but that Davis, of Colne, Lancashire. has made a full recovery despite being injured.
Mr Blackwell also said a number of “conspiratorial circumstances” on the day had come together to cause the accident, including the location and nature of the road.
He said: “He was driving along the road and there was another vehicle coming in the opposite direction.
“He took steps not to collide with it.
“In those particular circumstances, he began to lose control of the car.
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“He went off the road and came to grief at the side of the road.
“This was not a case of high speed, but he (Davis) does accept he lost control of the vehicle.”
Mr Blackwell also said that Davis, a production planner for an aerospace company, had continued to drive since the incident and had no further incidents.
He said: “He deeply regrets what happened, he was injured, but has made a full recovery.”
Davis was given seven penalty points on his driving licence, was fined £384 and will have to pay costs of £85 and a surcharge of £154.
No update was given on the other passenger, who remained anonymous.
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