A 22-year-old Lisnaskea man failed to remain at the scene of an accident where his car had hit a bus, Enniskillen Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday.
Police were called to a report of a road traffic accident at Eshnadarragh Road, Roslea, at 4.30pm on 17th December last involving a Volkswagen Golf being driven by Martin Treacy and a bus.
The court was told that Treacy had “come flying around the corner” and collided with the bus, clipping the wing mirror before driving on. He then reversed his car to the scene and spoke with the bus driver.
District Judge Nigel Broderick heard that when later questioned by police, the defendant denied the “flying” claim and said he couldn’t have done much to avoid the bus as it was a narrow country road. Treacy, of Ballagh Road, Aghadreenan Glebe, was charged with failing to report the accident and careless driving.
Defence solicitor Myles McManus said his client had taken no steps to report the accident as he felt that there was no need since there were no injuries sustained.
“My client didn’t fully understand his obligation to report the incident. The road in question is very narrow and the two vehicles were upon each other by the time they came into view. The collision took place as the defendant’s vehicle was too fast, forcing him onto the grass verge and then colliding with the rear of the bus.”
The judge expressed concern that the defendant hadn’t remained at the scene to which Mr McManus replied: “He drove back and spoke with the bus driver – he felt that was all that he had to do.”
Treacy was fined a total of £300 and banned from driving for three months.
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