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Careless driver was not paying attention
A DRIVER drifted onto the opposite carriageway of a country road near Ludlow and crashed head-on into an oncoming car, a court heard.
The driver of the other car, teacher Sophie Lowe, had to be cut free and carried from the scene on a spinal board. She had bruising and suffered concussion.
Javier Molina was cleared of dangerous driving after a trial at Worcester Crown Court but admitted careless driving. He was fined £200 with £100 costs and disqualified for six months.
The 45-year-old, who travelled from his home in Cirilo Amaros, Valencia, to attend the hearing, was driving a Seat Alhambra people carrier on the B4362 near Bircher on March 18, last year, Stephen Davies, prosecuting, told the court.
Mrs Lowe was on her way to visit her parents in the Leominster area in a Ford Fusion at about 8.30pm.
She said in a statement she was travelling at between 40 and 50mph and saw headlights coming towards her on her carriageway and had no time to get out of the way.
She said the impact was “enormous” and could smell burning. Her car's airbag came out.
It was only because someone was talking to her that she stayed conscious, she said.
David Mason, QC, defending, said Molina claimed he had been avoiding an animal in the road and his driving did not fall far enough below the required standard to be considered dangerous.
Judge Michael Cullum said whether or not Molina had been distracted he had failed to pay suf f icient attention to a car coming the other way.
The consequence was that very serious injuries had af fected Mrs Lowe for a long time.
The imposition of costs would be limited because Molina had travelled to the UK at his own expense for the conduct of the case.
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