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Woman cut out of car after hitting a pillar


Enniskillen Courthouse

A 27-year-old woman has been convicted of careless driving after failing to attend a court hearing when she was due to contest the charge.
Nichola Leonard of Strule Park in Omagh and previously with an address at Rosnarick Close, Derrygonnelly, did not appear at Enniskillen Magistrates Court last Wednesday to contest the charge of driving without due care and attention.
In the absence of his client, defence barrister Alan Blackburn told Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers that he would be entering a guilty plea on her behalf.
The court heard that police attended a single vehicle road traffic collision on the Doon Road at Tempo at 10.20am on 9th August last.
A blue Peugeot 306 being driven by Leonard came off the road after negotiating a left hand bend. The car hit a grass verge and smacked off a pillar.
When later interviewed by police, Leonard said that there was no other reason for the crash other than her losing control of her car and hitting the grass verge.
A Public Prosecution Service official said road conditions were fine at the time and that the incident had been due to “a momentary lapse of concentration”.
Mr Blackburn said of his client: “This lady does not think in a straight line. The real loser is herself as she had to be cut out of the vehicle by fire-fighters who attended the scene.
She lost consciousness and was taken to hospital after hitting a pillar. She has been driving for six years and there were no other cars involved.”
Judge Ievers imposed fines totalling £115 and six penalty points.


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