A WOMAN who crashed into a fence after losing control coming down a hill in the snow has been fined for careless driving.
Charlene Maguire (32) of Lough Shore Road, Kinarla pleaded guilty to the charge at Enniskillen Magistrates Court last week. She also pleaded guilty to failing to remain at the scene of an accident.
Police were told of a single road vehicle collision on Killygullen Drive, Lisnaskea on December 8th, at around 7.30am. Maguire’s car had crashed through a fence after travelling down a hill. It had been snowing, and the defendant’s car had come to a rest close to the wall of a house.
Maguire had left by the time police had arrived at the scene, but had presented herself to police the next day. When interviewed she admitted driving, and told police she would pay for the damage to the fence. The court was told Maguire had “freaked out”, and there had been heavy snow. Defence solicitor Garry Smyth said the defendant had believed she had up to 24 hours to report the accident. Mr Smyth said Maguire had been driving for 12 years with a clear record and had been making her way to work at the time of the crash. He said she had been travelling slowly at the time, but the car failed to stop at the bottom of the incline. Maguire then went to her partner’s house for help.
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said the incident was at the lower end of careless driving. He fined Maguire £100 on each charge and endorsed a total of five penalty points on her licence.
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