Schoolboy, 16, driving a BMW caused horror M1 pile-up as HGV veered into ditch and woman's car speared into barrier

A SCHOOLBOY in a BMW caused a horrific motorway crash after running a lorry off the road.

Cristian Pompa, 16, was weaving in and out of traffic while driving a red BMW on the M1 on March 5 last year.

He smashed into a car from behind – sending it crashing into the central reservation barrier, the Leicester Mercury reported.

The woman inside the car suffered injuries to her neck, and her vehicle was written off.

After smashing the back of the car, Pompa's BMW then crashed into the front of a Volvo lorry.

The lorry then veered into a ditch and tipped onto its side.

The driver was trapped inside the cab, and had to be cut out and freed by the fire service. His lorry was damaged beyond repair.

At Leicester Crown Court, David Earl, prosecuting, said: "The lorry driver's injuries included three fractures to his spine, a broken right scapula and soft tissue damage to his shoulder and back.

"The pain was excruciating."

The driver's wife was left traumatised by the crash and seeing her husband hurt in hospital, the court heard.

Pompa, who has since turned 18, ran away from the scene but was later arrested after his DNA was found on the airbag of his car.

He pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Pompa, from Tottenham, London, had 11 burglaries and four thefts on his criminal record when he was arrested, the court heard.

In sentencing Pompa, Judge Robert Brown said: "You were 16 years old and had no driving licence and should not have been behind the wheel of a car or driving down the M1 motorway.

"Your driving was appalling and whilst attempting a manoeuvre, squeezing between two vehicles, you caused a serious collision. The lorry driver was trapped and had to be rescued by others at the scene, who turned off his engine because he was unable to.

"Your vehicle stopped but instead of going back to see how the other drivers were you got into a car that had been following you and sped off.

"Fleeing the scene was utterly shameful. I'm told you're now remorseful."

Pompa's lawyer Priya Bakshi said Pompa was apologetic and recognised what he did was wrong.

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