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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Driver can’t remember causing Ulverston coast road crash

THE driver who caused a crash that hospitalised four people had “no recollection” of the collision – a court has heard.

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investigation Emergency services at the scene of the crash on the A5087 coast road near Newbiggin on November 17 Fraser Robertson

Barry Davenport, of Seacroft Park, Newbiggin, did not appear in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday but pleaded guilty by letter to driving without due care and attention.

Davenport, 61, told the court he had 40 years of driving experience behind him but had no recollection of the 600m before the crash on the A5087 near Newbiggin on November 17.

The court was told weather on the day had been particularly bad and many pot holes on the road had been filled with water.

Davenport’s Suzuki Vitara was on the wrong side of the road when he hit a Volkswagen Golf travelling in the opposite causing injuries including a fractured leg.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said: “It was 6.04pm in the evening and he was travelling west.

“He was over the centre line and he collided head on with a Volkswagen Golf, he caused serious injuries including fractured bones.”

In Davenport’s letter, which was read to the court, he said: “I have no recollection of the incident.

“It would appear to me I was driving in an appropriate manner and I was fully aware of the weather and conditions.”

Davenport told magistrates he believed he had hit a pothole which caused him to swerve into the path of the Volkswagen but said he disagreed with the events put forward by the driver of the Volkswagen Golf.

He added: “He wants to make the most of his situation for his insurance, he claims I fell asleep at the wheel.”

Davenport wrote that he did not fall asleep but said he could not remember the collision.

A former building surveyor Davenport said he had 40 years driving experience often travelling 40,000 miles a year with no major problems.

Mr Les Johnson, presiding magistrate, fined Davenport £500.

He was ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Davenport was given eight penalty points on his driving licence.

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