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Carlisle crash driver admits causing serious injuries

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A 42-year-old man from Carlisle has been charged with two-counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a road traffic collision in December last year.

Lee Christopher Cooney, gave his address as Caird Avenue, he appeared at North and West Cumbria Magistrates court in Carlisle today.

Court papers state he was driving a VW Golf vehicle on December 3, 2019 on the Metal Bridge slip road between Carlisle and Gretna, when serious injury was caused to Christine Mumberson who was the driver of a Clio car, the 59-year-old woman is from the Carlisle area, she received life-changing injuries and was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.

Colin Wilson, who was driving a Ford Transit van also suffered injuries.

Cooney, who suffered an arm injury in the collision pleaded guilty to both offences.

District Judge John Temperley said these offences are too serious to be sentenced at the magistrates court, he will next appear for sentencing before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court on January 11, 2021, he was given a interim driving disqualification, the length of the ban will be decided at crown court, a pre-sentence report was requested, he was granted unconditional bail until January 11.

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