The family of an Aberdeen boy left seriously injured after a teen biker crashed into him today said he “could have been killed”.
They spoke out after Jake Henry, 18, appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and admitted a charge of causing serious injury to the boy, who was 10 years old at the time, by driving dangerously.
Henry had been riding his motorbike on Cairngorm Drive, close to its junction with Caiesdykes Drive, on August 15 last year when he crashed into the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – and a car after driving at speed.
He also drove without a proper licence and without insurance.
The court heard that the boy sustained a broken thighbone and shinbone. He also had lacerations to his spleen and liver as well as a number of cuts and bruises on his body.
Fiscal Depute John Richardson said the crash happened just before 3pm and Henry was seen driving his Kawasaki bike.
He said people in the area saw him and “speak with one voice to observing a green motorcycle being driven at speed back and forth along the road”.
Mr Richardson said, when the boy was struck, “the impact caused the young lad to be propelled into the air and land some distance away”.
He added: “It is perhaps an indication of the force of impact that the accused himself is thrown a short distance from the bike.”
The court heard officers believed, after carrying out calculations, the bike was travelling at a minimum of 49mph – the speed limit in the area was 20mph.
Speaking after Henry’s appearance, the boy’s dad said: “The incident angers me. You feel frustrated with it all.
“The first time he went into hospital he was in for a lengthy time.
“Obviously that was the worrying part.
“Now it’s looking to the future and we are hoping there isn’t any long-term damage.
“It’s been a long journey for us.
“The longer sentence the better.
“He was a really healthy kid but at the minute he is in a lot of pain so obviously it hasn’t been fine for him.”
The grandmother of the boy added: “He could have been killed. He was in an awful mess.
“It was devastating when it happened.
“I’m glad Henry has pleaded guilty – I’m glad he isn’t getting off with this.”
Defence agent Alex Burn asked for background reports to be prepared before sentencing.
Henry, whose address was given in court as Fraser Path, Arbroath, will return to court next month.
He was remanded in custody.