Newtownards woman whose car collided with motorbike is banned from driving for a year

Newtownards woman whose car collided with motorbike is banned from driving for a year

A MOTORCYCLIST suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car which was turning into a filling station.

The car driver has been banned from the roads for a year and fined £400 after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily injury by driving without due care and attention.

Rebecca Bell (30), a ward sister, of Donaghadee Road, Newtownards, caused the collision near her home on November 4 last year, the town's Magistrates' Court (main picture) heard.

The injured motorcyclist was taken to hospital.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had not seen the approaching motorbike because of the "low level of the sun".

The lawyer said the defendant was "sorry" for causing the accident and she herself had been left "extremely traumatised" by what happened.

He added: "This appears to be momentary lapse in concentration".

Deputy District Judge John Rea said the incident demonstrates the need for the "utmost care" in relation to looking out for motorbikes on the road.

He said he was satisfied it had been a "momentary lapse of judgment" when the defendant "failed to see" the motorbike.

The judge said the defendant "cites the weather conditions".

He said the motorcyclist's injuries were "serious" and included a fracture to his hand and his arm.

Judge Rea said he took into account the defendant's early guilty plea and the "responsible attitude" she had taken with the proceedings.