Brookside star spared jail after shattering legs of two schoolgirls in crash

Louis Emerick Grant, best known for playing Mick Johnson in Channel 4’s Brookside, was given a 26-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and an 18-month driving ban after ploughing into two schoolgirls.

The 12-year-old girls were crossing a road in Wallasey, Merseyside, when Louis, 63, crashed into them in his Honda.

One girl suffered a broken leg while the other was left with a fractured leg and ankle, a broken jaw and teeth, The Sun reports.

Since the crash in October, the severity of their injuries meant the girls had to stay off school for several months and will need to undergo further surgeries.

Wirral Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Emerick Grant had cut the corner of a right-hand bend and crashed into the girls who were walking on the white markings.

The actor was breathalysed at the scene which found no evidence of alcohol or drugs. There was also no evidence that he had been using his phone at the time of the crash.

District Crown Prosecutor Linda Melia, of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “Louis Emerick Grant was not speeding but admitted that he couldn’t see clearly because of the sun so he should have slowed down. The sun visor of the car was not down.

“He has been fully cooperative and remorseful throughout the investigation and has apologised on numerous occasions. He has been in contact with both families and has apologised to them too. He tested negatively at the roadside for drink and drugs.

“When we drive a car we are in control of something powerful that, if we lose concentration or clear vision for a minute, can cause serious injury, even death.

“It’s clear Mr Grant did not mean to injure these girls, but the events of that day are a lesson that, when we are at the wheel of a car, care and attention are needed at all times.”

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