Driver escapes ban after man left unconscious

Driver escapes ban after man left unconscious

Driver escapes ban after man left unconscious

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A MOTORIST who knocked a dog walker unconscious after failing to stop at a zebra crossing escaped disqualification from driving on Wednesday.

The victim was walking with four dogs across Severnvale Drive, Quedgeley, on December 15 when he was hit, Stroud Magistrates’ Court heard.

He was left unconscious with a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a broken tibia, whiplash, a sprained ankle and a fractured knee and spent nine days in hospital.

Christopher Brindley, aged 28, of Pendock Close, Quedgeley, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to a charge of driving without due care and attention.

Brindley said he had been turning his radio on and lost concentration when the accident happened.

“I feel really bad about the incident and it will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he said.

In a statement written on December 29, the victim said he could not remember the incident but had spent nine days in hospital and was left bed-bound and feeling “unhappy and frustrated”.

His dogs were unhurt in the incident.

In a statement, a witness said Brindley’s Mitsubishi Lancer hit the pedestrian with such force that he “went down like a rag doll” even though he was not speeding or driving erratically, the court heard.

Brindley was extremely shocked, the witness added.

The chairman of the bench said he was “mindful” that Brindley needed his car to commute to his job in Cheltenham and visit his partner in Gloucester.

Rather than disqualify him from driving they chose instead to increase the fine.

Brindley was given nine points on his licence and fined £525.

He was warned to be “extremely careful” in the future.

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12:09pm Wed 28 May 14

Phyllus Jones says...

The usual slap-on-the-wrist justice that we've come to expect. A fractured skull, and all that's handed out is a fine. I would never cross at a Zebra crossing. The whole Zebra crossing concept is antequated, with modern car speeds and inattentive drivers. You take your life in your hands if you trust drivers to yield at such crossings. If I want to cross a road at a Zebra crossing I go at least 100 feet up the street from the crossing location, then look both ways, then cross at that point if there's no traffic. All Zebra crossings should be removed and replaced by Pellican crossings which have a traffic light that turns red to tell drivers to stop -- far far safer!!!
The usual slap-on-the-wrist justice that we've come to expect. A fractured skull, and all that's handed out is a fine. I would never cross at a Zebra crossing. The whole Zebra crossing concept is antequated, with modern car speeds and inattentive drivers. You take your life in your hands if you trust drivers to yield at such crossings. If I want to cross a road at a Zebra crossing I go at least 100 feet up the street from the crossing location, then look both ways, then cross at that point if there's no traffic. All Zebra crossings should be removed and replaced by Pellican crossings which have a traffic light that turns red to tell drivers to stop -- far far safer!!! Phyllus Jones
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Wed 28 May 14

TigerTigerBurningBright says...

If he needs his car to get to work then he needs to pay attention when driving.

As for Pelicans vs Zebras, I disagree Phyllus. Press a button on a Pelican and sometime later the lights change. Motorists that weren't even in view sail past and the pedestrian just stands there, a second class citizen.

What is needed is that drivers like the one in the news story are disqualified and have to take a re-test before they drive again. That way we might actually get drivers on our roads that care about more than what is playing on their radio.
If he needs his car to get to work then he needs to pay attention when driving. As for Pelicans vs Zebras, I disagree Phyllus. Press a button on a Pelican and sometime later the lights change. Motorists that weren't even in view sail past and the pedestrian just stands there, a second class citizen. What is needed is that drivers like the one in the news story are disqualified and have to take a re-test before they drive again. That way we might actually get drivers on our roads that care about more than what is playing on their radio. TigerTigerBurningBright
  • Score: 9

2:02pm Wed 28 May 14

kjag23 says...

How ridiculous!
Lock him up, he could have killed the poor man.
Shame on the judge who handed out this 'punishment'.
How ridiculous! Lock him up, he could have killed the poor man. Shame on the judge who handed out this 'punishment'. kjag23
  • Score: 7

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