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Sentencing of man following serious collision in Wisbech

Carlos Lester

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to four years imprisonment after admitting causing serious injuries in a road collision in Wisbech.

Carlos Lester, of Sefton Avenue, Wisbech, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday 18 September 2019, after pleading guilty to causing serious injuries by dangerous driving; using a motor vehicle in a public place without third party insurance; and driving whilst disqualified.

The court heard that a collision had taken place on the A47 at the Elm Hall roundabout in Wisbech, on the afternoon of 29 May 2019. A man and a woman were towing their caravan from Leicestershire to Hunstanton in Norfolk with their five-year-old granddaughter, when they were hit head on by Lester’s vehicle, which was being driven dangerously.

Following the collision, Lester, who has never held a driving licence, fled the scene. The vehicles were badly damaged, and the road was blocked for a number of hours.

The collision caused serious facial injuries to the young girl, Lucia. Her grandmother suffered serious chest injuries, from which, nearly five months on, she is still recovering.  

Carlos Lester, also known as Carlos Lester Jarvis, was sentenced to four years imprisonment following the collision, along with other historic serious driving offences. He was also sentenced to a period of seven years disqualification, and ordered to take an extended driving test when this period ends.

Roads and Armed Policing Team Inspector, Lisa Hooper said: “A disqualified driver should never be in charge of a vehicle. Jarvis showed complete disregard for anyone else on the road that day, causing serious injuries and permanent trauma to his victims. We take these crimes extremely seriously, and believe the sentencing reflects this. Dangerous driving is a selfish and irresponsible act.”    

In the lead up to Friday’s sentencing, Hunstanton Sealife Centre in Norfolk offered Lucia and her family the opportunity to return to Norfolk. Now six-years-old, she spent a complimentary ‘keeper day’ backstage at the centre, helping to feed turtles, and learn about the marine life. Organised between PC Hawkins and the Sealife Centre, the visit allowed the family to complete their original journey to Hunstanton, creating positive memories in Norfolk, following their traumatic experience.

Jonathan Greathead, whose daughter and mother were involved in the collision, was present at the sentencing and made the following statement:

“We would like to thank Norfolk Police for their efforts in catching the man responsible for the crash on May 29, and to all of the paramedics who treated my daughter and mother at the scene; as well as the nurses, doctors and surgeons at Peterborough City Hospital who took such incredible care of them both. In particular, we would like to show our appreciation to PC Ben Hawkins for his empathy, determination, professionalism and communication with us throughout the ordeal.”