An Edinburgh motorist who ran over a six-year-old boy on his scooter during a hit-and-run has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Philip Lister hit the youngster in Edinburgh city center after he failed to stop at a red light on a pedestrian crossing.
The Daily Record reports that the boy was knocked unconscious and bleeding after the car’s exterior mirror smashed him in the head.
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Lister’s car was later found by police using CCTV and he told officers he had no memory of the collision.
The 45-year-old appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court on Thursday March 10.
Lister, a restaurant manager at The Scotch Whiskey Experience on the Royal Mile, admitted taking a test before driving which showed his blood sugar was extremely low.
Tax MP Sophie Hanlon said the boy was with his mother and four-year-old sister shortly before 5 p.m. and reached a level crossing on the Western Approach Road.
Mrs. Hanlon said he was on his scooter and stopped to wait for the green man.
She said a car heading east “did not stop at a red light and hit the child, knocking him to the ground.”
The prosecutor said the vehicle continued to roll and his mother ran to his aid, finding him “unresponsive and limp with blood covering his face”.
She said: “After about a minute he regained consciousness, started crying and asked his mum if it was a ‘dream’.”
The boy was taken to Sick Kids Hospital and was later referred to St John’s Hospital in Livingston for treatment of a cut above his eyebrow.
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Police checked CCTV at the rear of the Fountain Park Leisure Center and identified the car’s license plate from footage, the court heard.
Ms Hanlon said officers drove to the car’s registered address and spoke to Lister’s former partner who said he had type 1 diabetes.
The court heard the ex-partner say Lister had recently lost a rear-view mirror, adding, “He said something about it last week. He had an episode. It will definitely be him.”
Officers spoke to Lister who showed them his damaged car and then told how he had driven that day to Pentland Hills for a drive.
Father-of-two Lister said he checked his blood sugar before driving and discovered it was 3.3, with a reading below 3.9 being hypoglycemic.
He told officers he took five glucose tablets and drove home, but the trip was “fuzzy” and he “had brain fog”.
He said he only noticed the damaged mirror the next time he was driving, and now felt “guilty and devastated” for being responsible for a collision he had no recollection of.
Defense agent Mark Harrower said his first delinquent client was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 30 and took insulin to regulate his blood sugar.
The lawyer said a “severe drop” in blood sugar can cause “memory impairment” and sufferers perform tasks on “autopilot”.
Lister had taken dextrose tablets after the low reading after his walk, Mr Harrower said, and that would “normally fix the problem”. He said Lister agreed he should have waited ten to 15 minutes for another test before getting in his car.
The ‘rear view mirror took a look at the little boy’, Mr Harrower added, and thankfully he was ‘fully recovered’ apart from a potential scar.
He said Lister voluntarily gave up his driver’s license and had no plans to “drive again in the foreseeable future.”
Sheriff Kenneth Campbell QC said it was a “tragic case”. He postponed the sentence on Lister, from the main Davidson area of the city, until next month for reports and handed him a provisional driving ban.