A woman has been fined after running over a pensioner in a sports car while on route to get her nails done.
Sarah Sharpe, 24, of Hercies Road, Uxbridge, collided with Peter Elder at 10.13am on August 16, but failed to notice he was seriously injured.
The specialist make-up student and her passenger friend believed the 62-year-old had only been clipped by the wing mirror as they drove towards Uxbridge along the High Street.
But in fact he suffered a broken wrist, leg and knee, requiring a six hour operation, and has been in a wheelchair ever since.
The pair then continued into the town centre to go shopping and get their nails done - even stopping to wonder why the road had been cordoned off.
A tearful Sharpe told police she believed she had been lucky not to hit Mr Elder following her arrest within hours of the incident.
During her trial for driving without due care and attention, she told Uxbridge Magistrates' Court: "When he first moved out (into the road) I thought I was going to hit him and he was going to go over the bonnet.
"But when he paused I didn't think he was going to keep on going. I didn't think it hit him. I thought I was really lucky not to have."
Mr Elder, of Kent Close, Uxbridge, told magistrates how he spent a month in Hillingdon Hospital and faces undergoing an operation to replace at least one of his knees.
He said: "It's had a massive impact. If it wasn't for my wife I wouldn't have been able to go anywhere."
But defence barrister, Alexandra Sharpe, argued: "It was not an appropriate point to cross the road. You took that gamble to run across to William Hill."
Sharpe earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop and was ordered to pay an £875 fine, a £15 victim surcharge, £400 court costs and had 10 points added to her licence.
She was found guilty of driving without due care and attention but was given no separate penalty.
* A GOOD Samaritan was praised by on lookers for dialling 999 following the crash.
The 12-year-old boy stayed with Mr Elder until paramedics arrived on the scene after making the life-saving call.
If anyone knows the boy and would like to nominate him for a local hero award, call the Uxbridge Gazette newsroom on 01895 451 033.