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A driver who smashed into and seriously injured an elderly man before shamelessly driving off discovered later that her victim was actually her own father-in-law.
Fathetha Begun Abedin was using her phone in the Highfields area of Leicester when she ploughed into her 61-year-old relative.
Horrifying CCTV footage captured the incident on February 5, 2018, unfold. The man is seen walking across a zebra crossing with seemingly no other cars approaching on the road.
But suddenly, Abedin’s Vauxhall Corsa zooms into shot. Her father-in-law is thrown onto her bonnet – shattering her windscreen – before flying into the air and landing on the tarmac.
Instead of getting out of her vehicle to check on him, Abedin shamelessly drives off.
The elderly man was left lying on the floor having suffered, among other injuries, a fractured pelvis.
The shocking incident sparked a high-profile hunt to find the person responsible.
But, as LeicestershireLive report, the 29-year-old concocted a string of lies when she was finally arrested 11 days after the crash.
Leicester Crown Court heard how she first claimed she was not aware of the collision, before saying she suffered a partial loss of consciousness caused by an asthma attack.
When asked about the clear damage to her vehicle, Abedin claimed it was caused by thieves trying to break into the car.
The pharmacy assistant eventually ran out of lies and pleaded guilty to two offences – causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.
She appeared in court on Wednesday – supported by family members including her father-in-law – to be sentenced.
Sentencing her, Judge Brown: "I'm quite satisfied you knew full well there had been an accident.
“You could not have reached any other conclusion.
"You did not stop. You did not offer to help. Others passing by stopped to help. You carried on."
The judge said that, in a written statement, Abedin’s father-in-law expressed his love and affection for her.
“He has clearly in his own way forgiven you for what happened that night,” he added.
Judge Brown also said an innocent man whose car matched the one involved in the collision was arrested and spent an evening in police custody.
Abedin was jailed for six months for the dangerous driving offence and 12 months for perverting the course of justice.
The sentences will be served consecutively, making a total of 18 months.
She was also banned from driving for two years and nine months.
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