A man who fled his overturned car after crashing it faces jail.

Sheldon Brooks, of Clifton Common in Brighouse, admitted failing to stop after an accident.

The 33-year-old was previously jailed for six years after causing a grandmother’s death by dangerous driving.

James Weekes, prosecuting, told Kirklees magistrates that the smash happened at 10pm on June 30.

One of the witnesses was at home in Reinwood Road, Oakes, when she heard a collision outside.

Mr Weekes said: “When she went outside she saw a Vauxhall Astra upside down, resting on its roof in the middle of the road.

“The key was still in the ignition and members of the public saw somebody climbing out of the car and another man climbing out from the passenger side.”

Magistrates were told that driver Brooks abandoned the vehicle and ran away.

His passenger did give a brief description of what happened to a passing driver.

Serious damage was caused to Brooks’ car as well as a parked Mini Cooper and Ford Fusion, one of which was shunted into the other in the crash.

Brooks handed himself into police 13 hours after the incident.

Sheldon Brooks
Sheldon Brooks
 

He said that he had panicked and fled but denied drinking beforehand.

Magistrates were told that in 2005 Lancaster magistrates banned Brooks from driving for 18 months after failing to provide a specimen.

A year later, in July 2006, he was jailed after a jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Brooks and Janine Scarfe were racing each other at up to 100mph when Scarfe smashed her car into Dawn Routledge’s vehicle.

The 68-year-old widow died after suffering a ruptured heart in the smash in Highmoor Lane, Brighouse.

Magistrates heard that father-of-one Brooks was “remorseful” for his actions and admitted that he had made a mistake.

They ordered a full report but warned Brooks that, because of their concern over his previous convictions, that custody is an option.

Brooks will be sentenced on August 11 and was granted conditional bail.

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