WARNING – DISTRESSING VIDEO: Fathetha Begun Abedin ploughed into the 61-year-old relative at a zebra crossing in February 2018 in Leicester when she was texting at the wheel, only to find out the victim was her father-in-law
A hit-and-run driver crashed into and seriously injured an elderly man on a zebra crossing – only to learn later it was her father-in-law she had left lying in agony.
Fathetha Begun Abedin, 29, was texting at the wheel when she ploughed into the 61-year-old on February 5, 2018.
She had left the shared family home to collect a takeaway while at the same time her father-in-law left to visit a relative who lived nearby.
As she made her way home she went across a zebra crossing in Highfields, Leicester, at the same moment her father-in-law was crossing.
The collision was caught on CCTV, and shows Abedin’s father-in-law thrown across the bonnet and smashing so hard into the windscreen it shattered the glass.
Abedin then drove away from the scene, leaving her father-in-law lying in the road with a number of serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis.
It led to a high-profile appeal by Leicestershire Police as they tried to track down the driver of the Vauxhall Corsa.
The pharmacy assistant was arrested and interviewed 11 days after the crash, and eventually pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice at Leicester Crown Court.
A judge heard before admitting to the hit-and-run, Abedin concocted a series of cover-ups including that she might have suffered a partial loss of consciousness because of an asthma attack at the time of the crash.
She later claimed the damage to her car was caused by thieves breaking into the car to steal her phone, prosecutor Joey Kwong said.
Abedin also tried to deny she was using her phone at the time of the crash by deleting 32 incriminating texts and saying the device often delayed sending messages.
She also had her windscreen repaired before police had a chance to examine it.
Abedin appeared in court on Wednesday for sentencing and was supported by family including her father-in-law – who she helps to care for.
It was said her relatives withdrew their support for the matter to be prosecuted in the courts.
Sentencing her, Judge Robert Brown said: “You were travelling in your car in the early hours of the evening to collect a takeaway. By pure coincidence your father-in-law was crossing in front of your vehicle.
“I’m satisfied you were using your mobile phone. You collided with and caused a serious injury to your father-in-law.
“He went up over your bonnet and struck your windscreen before landing in the road. I’m quite satisfied you knew full well there had been an accident.
“You could not have reached any other conclusion. You did not stop. You did not offer to help. Others passing by stopped to help. You carried on.”
He added: “It’s apparent to me that not only did you know you had been involved in a road traffic collision, but went to considerable lengths to cover up your involvement.
“Your father-in-law was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and spent a total of 11 days there.
“He sits in court today and has written a statement in which he expresses – and has always felt, I am sure – his love and affection for you.
“He stresses your importance to him, his wife and his family in your role as carer. He has clearly in his own way forgiven you for what happened that night.
“I have no desire to cause any further pain to him, but I have a public duty today.
“This was a deliberate and sustained attempt to avoid responsibility for what you had done.”
Abedin was jailed for six months for the dangerous driving offence and a consecutive 12 months for perverting the course of justice.
She was also banned from driving for two years and nine months.