A MAN has been jailed for 20 months after leaving a pedestrian fighting for his life following a collision at a car wash at Tesco Extra.

Paul Bordache, 39, of Gladstone Street, West Park, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today, Thursday, August 9 where he pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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 is also disqualified from driving for two years and 10 months and must take an extended retest.

He also pleaded guilty to using a motor vehicle without third party insurance, and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence - however he will serve no separate penalty for these offences.