Pictured: The mangled wreckage of the car involved in crash with Prince Philip

Pictured for the first time, this is the crumpled wreckage of the car that crashed into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover.

The front of the Kia Carens was crushed in the collision, which left one woman with a broken wrist.

A nine-month-old baby was unhurt despite being strapped in on the side facing the junction Prince Philip emerged from. The royal, 97, escaped with minor injuries despite his car overturning.

The front of the Kia Carens was crushed in the collision with 97-year-old Prince Philip and was written off

The front of the Kia Carens was crushed in the collision with 97-year-old Prince Philip and was written off

The front of the Kia Carens was crushed in the collision with 97-year-old Prince Philip and was written off

Prince Philip was involved in a dramatic crash near his Sandringham Estate which left two women in the other vehicle in hospital and the Land Rover he was driving on its side in a crumpled heap (pictured here) 

Prince Philip was involved in a dramatic crash near his Sandringham Estate which left two women in the other vehicle in hospital and the Land Rover he was driving on its side in a crumpled heap (pictured here) 

Prince Philip was involved in a dramatic crash near his Sandringham Estate which left two women in the other vehicle in hospital and the Land Rover he was driving on its side in a crumpled heap (pictured here) 

Photographs show the Kia’s radiator was propelled back into the engine block, leaving the bonnet crumpled and the light clusters obliterated.

A crash investigator told The Sun the accident could have resulted in serious injury or death if the Duke had pulled out a ‘split second’ later and hit the side of the oncoming car.

However, a different perspective was offered by a former Metropolitan Police officer who founded a firm specialising in road accidents. 

Emma Fairweather, 48, was a passenger with her friend and a nine-month-old child when she broke her wrist in the accident

Emma Fairweather, 48, was a passenger with her friend and a nine-month-old child when she broke her wrist in the accident

Emma Fairweather, 48, was a passenger with her friend and a nine-month-old child when she broke her wrist in the accident

Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham, circled red, and was turning on to the A149  at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road, circled blue

Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham, circled red, and was turning on to the A149  at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road, circled blue

Philip is believed to have just left Sandringham, circled red, and was turning on to the A149  at this junction when he collided with a Kia and his car cartwheeled on to the other side of the road, circled blue

Mark Crouch, head of investigations at Forensic Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Ltd, said: ‘The speed and energy of the collision almost exclusively comes from the Kia because the Land Rover was moving slower than the Kia as it pulled out of the side road.

‘If Prince Philip’s car had come out a moment later and nudged into the side of the Kia the impact would have been less significant.

‘Clipping the car could have caused it to spin off the road but that would be speculative.’ 

The nine-month old infant who seated in the back but miraculously escaped the crash unharmed 

The nine-month old infant who seated in the back but miraculously escaped the crash unharmed 

The nine-month old infant who seated in the back but miraculously escaped the crash unharmed 

The damage to the front of the Kia was so severe that it had to be written off. The driver had minor cuts and bruises and the passenger suffered a broken wrist 

The damage to the front of the Kia was so severe that it had to be written off. The driver had minor cuts and bruises and the passenger suffered a broken wrist 

The damage to the front of the Kia was so severe that it had to be written off. The driver had minor cuts and bruises and the passenger suffered a broken wrist 

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, escaped with minor injuries despite his car overturning

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, escaped with minor injuries despite his car overturning

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, escaped with minor injuries despite his car overturning

The Duke had to be helped out of the wreckage when passers-by rushed over. He was checked over at hospital a day later but had ‘no injuries of concern’, Buckingham Palace said.

The Kia’s driver Ellie Townsend, 28, whose young son was on the back seat, sustained minor cuts and bruises. Passenger Emma Fairweather, 46, suffered a broken wrist.

Mr Crouch, who provides expert testimony in court cases, added the 2006 Kia was probably driving at up to 40mph.

The Duke’s bigger, heavier vehicle toppled over, in part due to the fact that it was probably armoured, making it top-heavy. 

‘The damage sustained to the Kia shows that is has been involved in a frontal impact, slightly orientated to the near side because the driver may have swerved to the right to try and avoid contact or due to the layout of the junction,’ Mr Crouch said.

‘Based on impact damage to the Kia, I would estimate its speed at impact to be 30-40mph. 

‘It is not possible at this stage to say whether the driver had been travelling at this speed prior to the collision or was able to brake before impact. Evidence at the crash scene and witness evidence should make this clearer.

Images emerged showing Philip's black Land Rover with severe damage to its left side

Images emerged showing Philip's black Land Rover with severe damage to its left side

The collision happened just after 3pm on January 17 when he was pulling out of a driveway onto the A149 in Babingley, Norfolk which leads to Sandringham. Images emerged showing the black Land Rover with severe damage to its left side

Less than 24 hours after the crash a replacement Land Rover Freelander was delivered for the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham

Less than 24 hours after the crash a replacement Land Rover Freelander was delivered for the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham

Less than 24 hours after the crash a replacement Land Rover Freelander was delivered for the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham

‘The height of the bonnet means it may have hit the bigger Land Rover fairly low down, causing it to topple,’ he added. ‘If the Land Rover was armoured and therefore top-heavy, it would have been more susceptible to rolling in an impact.’

The Kia has been written-off and will be broken up for parts. The Norfolk scrapyard where it is being kept noted there is primary damage to the front and secondary damage elsewhere.

The crash took place on the 60mph A149 road near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk on January 17. 

Police are understood to be looking at driver error rather than mechanical faults.

Prince Philip (pictured) was spotted behind the wheel of his brand new Land Rover just two days after flipping his car in a horror crash with no seatbelt on

Prince Philip (pictured) was spotted behind the wheel of his brand new Land Rover just two days after flipping his car in a horror crash with no seatbelt on

Prince Philip (pictured) was spotted behind the wheel of his brand new Land Rover just two days after flipping his car in a horror crash with no seatbelt on

Shattered car parts and windscreen glass at the scene near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident

Shattered car parts and windscreen glass at the scene near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident

Shattered car parts and windscreen glass at the scene near to the Sandringham Estate where the Duke of Edinburgh was involved in a road accident

The Duke appeared to admit responsibility in a letter to Mrs Fairweather several days after the accident.

In his 181-word typed letter, Prince Philip wished her a ‘speedy recovery from a very distressing experience’. 

He said he was ‘deeply sorry’ and explained while he was familiar with the junction he could ‘only imagine’ the low sun stopped him seeing her approaching.

Mrs Fairweather, who claims the sky was overcast, has called for him to be prosecuted.  

The care support worker is also seeking compensation, saying she was left in pain and had to sign off work for two months. 

The Duke, who has given a police statement, could be charged with careless driving. 

However, legal experts said pursuing a conviction would not be in the public interest if the Duke were to surrender his driving licence.

Norfolk Police said its investigation was ongoing. 

Prince Philip could be prosecuted for driving without due care, says Mr Loophole

The Duke of Edinburgh collided with another car after pulling out into a main road, according to witnesses.

If that was the case, he could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, which carries an unlimited fine, according to Nick Freeman, the lawyer dubbed Mr Loophole.

But the 97-year-old royal would have a good defence if he blamed being blinded by the sun – as one witness reported – and could also avoid prosecution by surrendering his licence, Mr Freeman added. 

Mr Freeman, known for representing celebrity clients such as David Beckham, said it appeared the duke pulled out into the path of the other car in Thursday’s crash near Sandringham.

‘If he simply drove without due care and attention because of a relevant medical issue – because maybe at 97 you’re just not as sharp as you would have been – and he’s just made a mistake, which is probably what’s happened – on the face of it he would be driving without due care and attention,’ Mr Freeman said.

But Adam Shaw, from solicitors Lewis Nedas Law said he did not think Philip would be prosecuted.

He said: ‘Unless somebody could say that he was driving in a manner in which he ought not to be, i.e. going too fast or taking corners without viewing properly. But on the face of it, I don’t think that he’s going to be investigated. But I don’t think it will be going anywhere.’

He added: ‘I don’t think he’s committed a criminal offence. I think it’s just an accident. It sounds to me as if he’s been breathalysed and I don’t think there’s any suggestion that he’s been dangerously driving.’

According to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance, the offence of driving without due care and attention is committed when a person’s driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver.

The test of whether the standard of driving has fallen below the required standard applies both when ‘the manner of driving in question is deliberate and when it occurs as a result of incompetence, inadvertence or inexperience’, the CPS guidance states.

The offence carries up to nine points and an unlimited fine based on net disposable income.

There is a precedent for members of the royal family to be prosecuted for driving offences.

The black Land Rover rolled on its side following the crash with a people carrier. Police and ambulance rushed to the scene, where one woman suffered a broken wrist 

The black Land Rover rolled on its side following the crash with a people carrier. Police and ambulance rushed to the scene, where one woman suffered a broken wrist 

The black Land Rover rolled on its side following the crash with a people carrier. Police and ambulance rushed to the scene, where one woman suffered a broken wrist 

Philip’s daughter the Princess Royal was given a written warning for speeding on the M1 in 1972 and fined £40 after she was clocked doing 96mph on the same motorway five years later.

In 1990 the Princess Royal was banned from driving and fined £150 for speeding by magistrates in Stow-on-the-Wold, in Gloucestershire, and in 2001 she was fined £400 after admitting driving her Bentley at 93mph on a dual carriageway.

Mr Freeman said that before bringing any charges against the duke, prosecutors must weigh up whether they are in the public interest.

Prince Philip could be prosecuted for driving without due care, says Mr Loophole

The Duke of Edinburgh collided with another car after pulling out into a main road, according to witnesses.

If that was the case, he could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention, which carries an unlimited fine, according to Nick Freeman, the lawyer dubbed Mr Loophole.

But the 97-year-old royal would have a good defence if he blamed being blinded by the sun – as one witness reported – and could also avoid prosecution by surrendering his licence, Mr Freeman added. 

Mr Freeman, known for representing celebrity clients such as David Beckham, said it appeared the duke pulled out into the path of the other car in Thursday’s crash near Sandringham.

‘If he simply drove without due care and attention because of a relevant medical issue – because maybe at 97 you’re just not as sharp as you would have been – and he’s just made a mistake, which is probably what’s happened – on the face of it he would be driving without due care and attention,’ Mr Freeman said.

Officers are working out who, if anyone, was to blame for the incident and are likely to interview the Duke of Edinburgh

Officers are working out who, if anyone, was to blame for the incident and are likely to interview the Duke of Edinburgh

Officers are working out who, if anyone, was to blame for the incident and are likely to interview the Duke of Edinburgh

But Adam Shaw, from solicitors Lewis Nedas Law said he did not think Philip would be prosecuted.

He said: ‘Unless somebody could say that he was driving in a manner in which he ought not to be, i.e. going too fast or taking corners without viewing properly. But on the face of it, I don’t think that he’s going to be investigated. But I don’t think it will be going anywhere.’

He added: ‘I don’t think he’s committed a criminal offence. I think it’s just an accident. It sounds to me as if he’s been breathalysed and I don’t think there’s any suggestion that he’s been dangerously driving.’

According to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance, the offence of driving without due care and attention is committed when a person’s driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver.

The test of whether the standard of driving has fallen below the required standard applies both when ‘the manner of driving in question is deliberate and when it occurs as a result of incompetence, inadvertence or inexperience’, the CPS guidance states.

The offence carries up to nine points and an unlimited fine based on net disposable income.

There is a precedent for members of the royal family to be prosecuted for driving offences.

Philip’s daughter the Princess Royal was given a written warning for speeding on the M1 in 1972 and fined £40 after she was clocked doing 96mph on the same motorway five years later.

In 1990 the Princess Royal was banned from driving and fined £150 for speeding by magistrates in Stow-on-the-Wold, in Gloucestershire, and in 2001 she was fined £400 after admitting driving her Bentley at 93mph on a dual carriageway.

Mr Freeman said that before bringing any charges against the duke, prosecutors must weigh up whether they are in the public interest.

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