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Court told Keady woman caused collision after ‘travelling too fast on a blind bend’

Originally police did not attend the scene but the other driver later contacted police to say their child had suffered a seatbelt injury

Craigavon Courthouse

A Keady woman who caused an accident after travelling too fast round a bend on a narrow road has been handed three penalty points.

Court heard the 22-year-old initially believed she was not at fault but now accepted liability given the position of skid marks on the road.

Rebecca Nugent, of Rathmoyle Park, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

It was heard that on April 10, at 4.15pm, police were alerted to a road traffic accident involving a BMW and a Peugeot 207 on the Marlacoo Beg Road, Markethill.

Officers did not attend the scene as it was said to be a damage only collision.

However, the injured party, who had been the driver of the BMW, later contacted police to say their child had suffered a seatbelt injury.

Officers then attended the scene taking photographs and sketches.

Prosecution stated: “The defendant had been travelling too fast on a blind bend and collided with the injured party’s vehicle.

“The skid marks show how she swerved onto a bank but was not able to avoid the collision.”

During interview, Nugent denied being at fault claiming the injured party had been travelling at too high a speed.

Defence counsel stated: “The defendant is a domiciliary care worker. She had been on her way to a client’s house when the accident occurred.

“This road is narrow and the accident occurred in a bend.”

He added: “She had been of the opinion that the injured party was travelling too fast but given the position of the skid marks on the road she accepts her liability.

“She was fully cooperative with police and given her job her licence is very important to her.”

Nugent was handed three penalty points and ordered to pay a fine of £75, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within eight weeks.

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