The boy took his mother’s Mercedes car for a spin, and it ended in tragedy

A man spent eight days in a coma after a 16-year-old driving his mother’s car collided with the taxi he was taking home. Michael Hanrahan had taken the keys to his mother’s white Mercedes A200 while she was asleep.

He reached speeds of up to 80mph in a 30mph zone in Ashton-under-Lyne, and later claimed another car was following him which he feared contained men armed with machetes. Hanrahan ran a red light at an intersection and collided with a taxi, causing it to spin and crash into some railings.

The passenger, a man in his twenties, spent eight days in an artificial coma after suffering a series of injuries. In the months following the horrific accident, he was unable to carry out basic tasks including washing and dressing himself, and felt “embarrassed” and “useless”.

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Hanrahan, now 19, walked out of court after pleading guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Manchester Crown Court heard that the collision happened on Oldham Road, near the junction with Newmarket Street and Wilshaw Lane, at around 11pm on Sunday 13 December 2020.

He claimed Hanrahan took his mother’s car and was being followed by another car. Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe said police later estimated he had been traveling at between 65mph and 81mph in the lead-up to the collision.

He ran a red light at an intersection and collided with a taxi, a Toyota Prius, which was driving “perfectly appropriately”. The taxi spun and crashed into some fence.

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