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£2,500 fine after knee was broken in collision

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A WOMAN from St Brelade has been banned from driving for three months and fined £2,500 after the car she was driving collided with a moped, fracturing the rider’s knee.

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During a hearing before Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris, Sandra Anne Wheatley (56), of Route de Quennevais, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and causing serious injury.

The incident occurred on St Aubin’s Road on 12 March just before 3pm. St Lawrence Centenier Mike Haden told the court that witnesses told attending police they had seen Wheatley’s car stop at a yellow line before pulling into the traffic without leaving time for the approaching female moped rider to react. As a result, the rider crashed into the side of the car, the court heard.

Mr Hader said that the moped rider required surgery to her left knee as a result of the crash.

Advocate Francesca Pinel, acting for Wheatley, said she had checked before entering the traffic but had ‘misjudged’ the situation.

While Wheatley had asked to be allowed to continue driving in order to fulfil parental responsibilities, Mr Harris said losing her licence could not be avoided. ‘It was not just an accident, it was because of a lack of concentration,’ he said.

Wheatley will also have to retake her driving test once her suspension is completed.

‘I have no doubt whatsoever that you regret this incident,’ Mr Harris said.

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