Doctor who ‘fell asleep’ at the wheel and hit kids jailed

A policeman stands by the car and damaged zebra crossing after the incident (Picture: SWNS)

A tired junior doctor who ploughed into mothers and children at a school zebra crossing as he drove home after a 12-hour shift has been jailed.

James Celaire told police at the crash scene he should have stayed in staff accommodation at Bradford Royal Infirmary as his ‘eyes were going’.

The 25-year-old struck a mother and her two sons, aged four and six, as they waited to cross to school in December 2020.

Celaire also hit another woman waiting at the crossing and flung her into a tree, just minutes after she had dropped her daughter off at school.

One of the women had to have a leg amputated and all of the other three victims suffered serious fractures.

One victim said she had not only lost her leg ‘but my dreams, hopes and desires’, as she rarely leaves the house now.

Bradford crown court heard the foundation year doctor probably fell asleep when he left a line of cars and accelerated on the wrong side of the road. He said he was ‘genuinely horrified’ by what had happened.

The Leeds medic admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 28 months.

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