A MAN charged in connection with a collision at a car wash near Tesco Extra which left a pedestrian fighting for his life is expected to enter a plea in court this morning.

Paul Bordache, 39, of Gladstone Street, West Park, is due before Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday morning (July 9).

On December 22, last year, former Cowley teacher Mick Collins, 66, was waiting at a car wash near the Tesco on the St Helens Linkway when he was hit by a Bentley.

Mr Collins was in intensive care for three days and suffered a catalogue of major injuries – including eight broken ribs, a collapsed lung and two fractured cheekbones.

Surgeons at the Aintree trauma centre inserted 39 screws into his ribs, removed his spleen, cut glass from his face and sewed his left ear back on.

The Bentley had been dropped off at a car wash for valeting at 9.40am by the car's owner, who headed into the supermarket to do shopping.

Following a five month investigation – described by police as extensive – Bordache was charged with offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Bordache, who is on unconditional bail, is also charged with using a motor vehicle without third party insurance, and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

He is due to appear at a plea hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, August 9.