This is the terrifying moment a trainee doctor and her husband were mowed down by a ‘drunk’ teenager after telling him that he shouldn’t be driving.
Joshua Bunn crashed into Colin and Claire Winters whilst they were out for dinner in Oldham in September 2020.
As the couple returned to their car following their meal at around midnight, they saw the 19-year-old ‘staggering’ across the car park.
Bunn, who told Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court he had two bottles of beer but denied being drunk or on drugs, then gets behind the wheel of a car.
Colin then approached the teenager and told him he ‘shouldn’t be drinking and driving’.
Joshua Bunn crashed into Colin and Claire Winters whilst they were out for dinner
Claire Winters, who was mowed down by Joshua Bunn in a car park in Royton, Oldham
Recorder Nathan Moxon said Claire Winters was ‘fortunate not to have been pinned against the wall’
Colin Winters approached the teenager and told him he ‘shouldn’t be drinking and driving’
CCTV footage played in court then showed Bunn driving into Colin from behind ‘knocking him off his feet’.
The teenager then reversed before again mounting the kerb and speeding towards the couple, narrowly missing Colin but hitting Claire.
The court heard Claire ‘somewhat miraculously’ she was ‘knocked through a small gap’ in the wall and not crushed against it.
Recalling the incident, Claire told the court the attack had ‘terrified’ her, adding: ‘When the car reversed I remember thinking: ‘This is it. I am going to die; my daughter is going to wake up in the morning without her mummy and for what?’
Claire said she couldn’t sleep for several months afterwards and is now having counseling to cope with the post-traumatic stress.
The court heard Joshua Bunn had attempted to cover his tracks by getting the car repaired
She added: ‘I was left feeling terrified. How can another human being do this to someone?
‘I remember being scared they were going to come back and finish us off.’
Colin said he was forced to put his medical studies on hold and said: ‘There has been anger and frustration… but most of all I felt guilty.
‘If I hadn’t stopped and told him to stop driving while he was clearly intoxicated then none of this would have happened.
‘I know logically I didn’t do anything wrong, but I still feel guilty.’
Bunn was arrested five days later after fleeing the scene. The court heard he had attempted to cover his tracks by getting the car repaired.
He initially claimed he had been attacked by Colin before ‘blacking out’ and had ‘no recollection’ of what followed.
At the time of the attack, Bunn had no previous conviction, but was later convicted of an unrelated charge of drink-driving.
Joshua Bunn was arrested by police five days later after fleeing the scene
Recalling the incident, Claire Winters told the court the incident by Joshua Bunn had ‘terrified’ her
Keith Harrison, mitigating, said Bunn, now 22, had a ‘background of childhood trauma’ having been ‘kidnapped’ at the age of 15.
Recorder Nathan Moxon said Claire was ‘fortunate not to have been pinned against the wall’.
He added: ‘We have all watched the CCTV footage. It is terrifying.
‘It is a miracle there were not more significant injuries. Had there not been a gap in the wall, death would have been foreseeable.’
Addressing Bunn, Recorder Moxon said: ‘You acted with anger against a person who set out to protect the public by advising you not to drive.’
Bunn, of Windmill Close, Royton near Oldham was jailed for four years and seven months after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, and attempted grievous bodily harm.
He was also banned from driving for five years – two years of which will be served after his release from prison.
Bunn must also take an extended driving test if he wishes to get back behind the wheel once his ban has expired.
Speaking afterwards, Claire said she was relieved he was finally behind bars, saying she still ‘frequently’ relives the horror of the ‘near-death experience’.
She said: ‘I have all the signs of PTSD. I frequently hear the car engine and smell it revving. If that gap hadn’t been there I would have been crushed. I would have died.’