Motorsist claimed he caused crash in Northampton because his brakes didn't work... then fled on foot

A motorist who ploughed into the back of a Northampton woman as she waited at the lights claimed he crashed because he could not work the brakes on his new car - before making a run for it

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:52 pm
A driver ploughed into a car, claiming his brakes were not working. But then the uninsured motorist made a run for it, leaving the car where it is.

Mum-of-three Romi Di Micco is appealing for witnesses to come forward after an uninsured driver caused serious damage to her car while she was on the way to pick up her children from school last week.

On Thursday, October 16, Miss Di Micco, from Carlton road, Kingsley, had just finished work at Debenhams and was heading along the Barrack Road in her silver Vauxhall Corsa at around 3.15pm.

But at the junction with St George’s Avenue, a man behind appeared to skip a red light and ploughed into the back of her car at speed.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

The damage to Miss Di Micco's silver Corsa.

“I hit my head on the wheel and it concussed me a little bit,” Miss Di Micco said.

“I got out the car and asked the man to wind his window down.

“He said ‘I’ve only just got the car and my brakes don’t work’.

“When I said he had caused real damage to my car he just shrugged his shoulders, I couldn’t believe it.”

The damage to Miss Di Micco's silver Corsa.

But as Miss Di Micco called the police, she turned to find the man driving the blue T-reg Volvo, had opened the driver door and fled on foot.

It was only when officers arrived some time later that Miss Di Micco realised the Volvo driver was not insured.

She says the man was had dark skin, dark hair and spoke in a foreign accent. He also had a tattoo on one of his forearms.

Miss Di Micco has had to fork out for new a new number plate, back bumper and impact bar, costing £900.

She also had to be taken to hospital after the crash left her with compressed muscles in her neck and bruising around her face.

“I’m so annoyed the guy had no insurance. But I’m relieved in a way, because the kids could have easily been in the car,” she added.

Miss Di Micco is appealing for anyone that saw the incident, or who knows the driver involved to call police on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting the crime number 312/13/10/2016.

It is not known whether the man owned the vehicle.