Mark Biggs has walk free after crashing his £50,000 sports car into incoming traffic
Mark Biggs, 41, was driving his new Mitsubishi Evolution when he ploughed into a car travelling in the opposite direction leaving his mother hospitalised.
The 60-year-old female driver of the Corsa suffered horrific "life changing" injuries in the crash which happened at 4.15pm on March 6, 2015.
The HGV driver had pulled up at traffic lights then suddenly accelerated when they turned green and collided head-on with a white Vauxhall Corsa.
Biggs, of Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerously driving at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday.
He was handed a 15-month prsion sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for two years.
Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: "I accept it was a one-off error and won't be repeated."
He said Biggs' mother had described her son telling her to "hold tight" just before the crash in Leicester.
I accept it was a one-off error and won't be repeated
Judge Nicholas Dean
The judge said: "There was, at the very least, heavy-footed acceleration and a serious error of judgement which caused him to lose control of the vehicle, which was relatively new to him and he was unfamiliar with.
"He cannot be described as a boy racer like so many young men who drive stupidly under the influence of drink, drugs or both.
"Since the early 2000s he's been gainfully employed as the driver of a heavy goods vehicle and there's no reason to think he's anything other than normally a sensible and prudent driver, and his record with his employer bears that out."
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The Corsa driver was left with ‘life-chancing’ injuries
The judge said the injuries to the victims were serious, especially for the woman in the Corsa, who was left "seriously disadvantaged".
He said that "thankfully the defendant was insured", and that there was "no reason" for the insurers to delay making settlements to those who suffered "through no fault of their own".
Prosecutor Gary Short said witnesses reported hearing a loud screech and a huge bang.
He said: "He accelerated hard from the lights and, for reasons we may never know, lost control and veered across the road and had a head-on collision at speed."
The 60-year-old woman in the Corsa, which was being driven "perfectly properly" by her husband, suffered "life changing injuries".
They included a broken vertebrae, a ruptured diaphragm, a perforated bowel, a broken ankle and four fractured ribs.
She underwent major surgery and was in an induced coma for three weeks.
The court was told the woman is no longer able to do her daily six-mile run, has restricted mobility and suffers from depression.
The driver told his mother to ‘hold tight’ before the crash which left her hospitalised
Her 80-year-old husband fractured both collarbones and four ribs, and underwent surgery to insert a plate into a broken arm.
Biggs's mother, who suffered a broken sternum and severe bruising, was in an induced coma for several days and an inpatient for two weeks.
Biggs fractured his sternum, hand and foot.
Helen Johnson, defending, said: "It wasn't persistent bad driving and there are no aggravating features such as drink or drugs, but it was dangerous and had serious consequences.
"He has to live with what he's caused not only to his mother but the two other people he didn't know."