AN elderly man was 'crippled' after being hit by a car on the road he crossed every day.

Injuries suffered by Melvyn Pickering, 73, included two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and a ruptured bladder in the accident near Hilltop Garage on Sheffield Road, Birdwell.

He spent nine weeks in hospital, has a scar from his knee to his ankle and is housebound months after being hit by Simon Timothy Milner, 46, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said: "Mr Milner did not appear to alter speed and when Mr Pickering saw the defendant bearing down on him he started to run. Mr Milner did not slow down."

After the accident, Milner kept on driving and another motorist went after him flashing his lights and sounding his horn, said Mrs Lowery-Green.

Milner pulled up about half a mile away.

Alan Greaves, defending, said Milner, of Station Road, Dodworth, had had 'a lapse of concentration'.

He said after being stopped, Milner went back to the scene of accident and was there before the emergency services arrived.

"Mr Milner was at no time aware he had hit Mr Pickering," he said. "Mr Milner still has not recovered from the accident which he cannot believe happened.

"Mr Milner has been in touch with Mr Pickering's family several times since the accident to ask about his recovery.

"Mr Pickering crosses the road twice a day. Mr MIlner did not see him. Mr Milner was within the speed limit but there was a lapse of concentration."

The case was adjourned until June 4 for a pre-sentence report and Milner was warned jail would be considered.

Milner, who admitted driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident, was granted unconditional bail.