An innocent man who was left badly scarred after a driver deliberately ran over him in a case of mistaken identity has won a “substantial” out-of-Court settlement today.

Anthony Tillotson, 30, was walking near Milano’s in North Street, Keighley, when a car was reversed into him.

It sent him crashing through the restaurant window.

The driver Azhar Yaseen had mistaken Mr Tillotson for someone he had previously argued with and was attempting to run him over in revenge, Mr Tillotson’s solicitor said.

Mr Tillotson, a lift engineer, of Ingrow, was taken to hospital with severe leg wounds and was taken to Airedale Hospital after the incident in April, 2007. He could not work because of his injuries, which included a severe 12in gash to the bone of his left shin.

He also suffered scarring on his arms, body and face and had to spend two weeks in hospital, where surgeons carried out a skin graft operation.

He said: “Initially I had a lot of problems which were a result of my injuries, and I spent three weeks on crutches.

“Three years on, my scars are terrible reminders of what happened to me that night.”

Sharon Smith, who was standing nearby, was also injured and was taken to hospital.

Police later discovered the car involved, a silver Vauxhall Vectra in Otterburn Street.

Yaseen, then 29, of Ashleigh Street, Keighley, later pleading guilty to causing Mr Tillotson and Miss Smith grievous bodily harm. In November, 2007, he was jailed for 20 months and banned from driving for a year by a judge at Bradford Crown Court.

Matthew Tomlinson, a partner at Russell Jones & Walker, the solicitors which represented Mr Tillotson, said: “The events surrounding this accident were unusual to say the least, so we are delighted that this case has been settled out of court and enabled Anthony to be compensated for the terrible ordeal he endured.

“His injuries were severe as a result of being thrown forcefully through a shop window and his recovery took time.

“However, Anthony is pleased that at the end of a difficult three years he feels that justice has been done and that he can finally draw a close to the matter.”