Court hears cyclist left 'quite shaken' after vehicle incident in north Down

Court hears cyclist left 'quite shaken' after vehicle incident in north Down

A COMBER motorist convicted of driving without due care and attention in connection with an incident involving a cyclist at Crawfordsburn Road, Bangor, has been banned from the roads for eight months and fined £400.

The case of Natalie Louise Lightbody (35), of Newtown Green, proceeded in her absence at Newtownards Magistrates Court following previous adjournments.

The charge related to June 24, 2020.

The cyclist told the court he was left "quite shaken" after a vehicle passed very close to him.

The man told the court: "I can only say I believe it was deliberate because immediately prior another vehicle passed me and gave me plenty of space. There were no vehicles coming the other way. I was to the side of the road."

The incident was captured on his helmet-mounted camera and the number plate was passed to the PSNI.

The court heard the defendant was spoken to by police and she said she had being driving at Crawfordsburn Road.

She told an officer: "I don't think I reacted quick enough to leave enough space".

District Judge Mark Hamill said the "video speaks for itself" and convicted the defendant of careless driving.

The court heard the defendant had a number of previous driving offences.