A hospital worker who crippled film director Guy Ritchie's half brother when he drove into him in Gloucester Docks has avoided going to jail.
Kevin Baynton, 53, was thrown onto the bonnet of Witold Poreba's Peugeot car and his leg was broken in three places when he fell off.
But a judge accepted that Poreba's dangerous driving was in panic because he was in fear of Mr Baynton and his companions.
At Gloucester Crown Court Polish-born Poreba, 31, of New Street, Gloucester, who works at Cheltenham General Hospital, was given a nine months jail term suspended for two years after he admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.
He was also banned from driving for 15 months and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC ordered that Poreba's car be sold and the proceeds given to Mr Baynton towards compensation for his injury.
And he orderered Poreba, who has been in the UK for five years, to pay £250 costs.
The court heard that at the time of the the incident on October 25 2012 Mr Baynton and three friends were in his Chrysler Voyager in Gloucester after a trip to Weston-super-Mare.
Poreba had been playing football with friends and was driving to Gloucester Docks to drop one of them off.
The two cars were both in the Wellington Street area at the same time and Mr Baynton felt that Poreba's headlights were dazzling him and later that he was driving deliberately slowly ahead of him.
When Poreba pulled in at the docks Mr Baynton drove in alongside him and he and one of his passengers got out and walked 'purposefully' towards Poreba's Peugeot.
The court heard that Poreba reversed away from the advancing men - but then drove forward into Mr Baynton.
He was thrown onto the car and then fell, hitting his leg on a bollard and suffering serious injuries which have left him still having to walk with a crutch 15 months later
Passing sentence, Judge Tabor said it was clear Mr Baynton followed so closely behind the Peugeot that Poreba was feeling anxious.
He said Mr Baynton told police that when the two cars stopped his intention was to speak to Poreba about his driving.
"It does not appear necessary for another passenger to have got out as well," said the judge. "In fact two other passengers got out.
"I am quite satisfied that the defendant was very frightened by the manner of the driving and the approach of the two men and the presence of the third.
"Rightly, or wrongly, the defendant feared violence was about to be perpetrated upon him. Sensibly he reversed away. But having reversed he found Mr Baynton in front of his car.
"He panicked and drove forward. He expected Mr Baynton to get out of the way but he did not and he was struck by the vehicle.
"This has been a particularly tragic case as the victim has been seriously injured and his life as a result of this incident has been altered. This was an accident arising out of a single incident of bad driving and the injury was in no way deliberately inflicted."
Janine Wood, prosecuting, said Mr Baynton had suffered severe injuries to the right lower leg.
The judge commented: "He has had a distressing number of problems. He has found it difficult to recover. His relationship has broken down and getting back into employment has been a real struggle for him."
Robert Duvall, defending, said Poreba had not realised his headlights were set too high or that his driving was causing any problem.
Poreba is a hard working Cheltenham General Hospital employee, highly regarded by his boss, and has never been in any trouble withh the law before, he added.
He described Poreba as a quiet, mild mannered and law abiding man who had simply panicked in the situation he was in.
"He did not intend to strike Mr Baynton and we say the actions of Mr Baynton contributed significantly to the likelihood of a collision. But the defendant accepts his behaviour fell far below the standard of a responsible driver.
"His driving was the unpremeditated response to an immediate and geniune fear for his own safety."