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UK: Derby County footballers sentenced over car crash that injured club captain

United Kingdom, Derby
October 15, 2019 at 12:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Derby County footballers Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett both received a two-year driving ban and a 180 hour community service order after seriously injuring their team captain in a crash earlier this year. They narrowly avoided jail terms while appearing at a court in Derby on Tuesday.

Both defendants, aged 25 and 23 respectively, pled guilty to the drink-driving charges and for failing to stop at the scene of the incident. The club's captain, Richard Keogh, sustained a serious knee injury that prevents him from playing again this season. It is suspected that the injury could spell the end of the 33-year-old's professional career.

Keogh was left unconscious by the pair after the crash before they returned to the scene of the incident after 45 minutes. He was a passenger in Lawrence's Range Rover when the vehicle hit Bennett's car from behind. Paramedics were in the area and were able to treat Keogh at the scene, before he regained consciousness.

Keogh is also reportedly considering legal action against Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett.

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Derby County footballers Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett both received a two-year driving ban and a 180 hour community service order after seriously injuring their team captain in a crash earlier this year. They narrowly avoided jail terms while appearing at a court in Derby on Tuesday.

Both defendants, aged 25 and 23 respectively, pled guilty to the drink-driving charges and for failing to stop at the scene of the incident. The club's captain, Richard Keogh, sustained a serious knee injury that prevents him from playing again this season. It is suspected that the injury could spell the end of the 33-year-old's professional career.

Keogh was left unconscious by the pair after the crash before they returned to the scene of the incident after 45 minutes. He was a passenger in Lawrence's Range Rover when the vehicle hit Bennett's car from behind. Paramedics were in the area and were able to treat Keogh at the scene, before he regained consciousness.

Keogh is also reportedly considering legal action against Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett.

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