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Teenager who caused Bruton crossroads crash fined £73

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: January 29, 2014


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A STUDENT who caused a collision on a crossroads at Bruton just a month after passing his driving test admitted a careless driving charge when the matter was heard in court.

Teenager Sam Hardaker failed to give way at the crossroads and collided with another vehicle causing extensive damage to both cars but luckily his passenger only received minor injuries.

The 18-year-old, of Beechwood, Yeovil, pleaded guilty by post to driving a Nissan Micra on the A371/A359 grove Crossroads without due care and attention on July 28.

Prosecutor Judy Morris told Somerset Magistrates that the defendant was driving though Bruton on his way home with a front seat passenger.

“His vehicle was then in collision with a Ford Mondeo on the crossroads and both vehicles were heavily damaged and were subsequently written off and Hardaker’s passenger received minor injuries,” she said.

In a letter of mitigation to the court the defendant said he wanted to apologise for his error adding that he had been told by other people that it was a particularly difficult junction to negotiate.

“I have been driving since June 2013 and consider myself a competent driver and am currently a full time student at Strode College in Street,” he said.

The magistrates fined him £73 and endorsed his licence with five penalty points. They also ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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