Careless motorist smash fine

A 19 YEAR old who lost control of his car as he drove to work early one morning, admitted careless driving at Skegness Magistrates Court.

William Henry Webb of Skegness Road, Burgh le Marsh, was seen by another driver to overtake in a BMW car at an estimated speed of 80 to 100mph at around 6.30am on July 16 on the A158 at Gunby.

The court was told that although it was not raining at the time, it was overcast and the road surface was wet from overnight rain.

Webb’s car was seen to move back into its own lane after overtaking but, as it approached a bend, the vehicle spun, went onto the grass verge on the opposite side of the road and crashed into a tree in a garden.

The car was extremely badly damaged and Webb received serious injuries to his head and shoulders.

In mitigation, Mr Nicholas Alderson said Webb was going to his work as a fork lift truck driver in Horncastle.

Although he had no memory of the accident, so far as he was concerned he would have been going at a normal speed within the limit.

Mr Alderson said Webb spent seven days in intensive care and 10 days on a serious injuries ward and was still seeing a neurologist.

He said he was recovering but was not driving at the moment and the licensing authorities were consulting with his doctor.

He said Webb had not worked since the accident but would be able to return to his old job.

Webb was fined £150 and a £15 victim surcharge and £43 towards prosecution costs. He was also given five penalty points on his licence and was warned that any more points would result in him having to take the driving test again.