Youngster found guilty of driving without due care

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A 21-YEAR-OLD whose “sporty” car was involved in a collision near a pedestrian crossing in Bury St Edmunds has been found guilty of driving without due care and attention.

“He was travelling at speed and not paying proper attention to other road users and potential hazards,” said prosecutor Michael Crimp.

Lewis Lee Taylor, of Bright Close, Bury, had pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing and on Monday attended a trial at Bury Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecuting, Mr Crimp said that at rush hour on November 15 last year, Taylor was speeding along Parkway South in his “sporty” fuel injection BMW car, when he came close to hitting a pedestrian and collided with a car pulling out of the Cattlemarket car park.

Linda Hyden told the court that her car was hit from the driver’s door as she moved into the outside lane after exiting the car park.

Sarah Hayns, a pedestrian on route to the multi-storey, said that she heard a car accelerating and turned to check on a girl she had passed, who had stopped in the middle of the road.

“The car was coming, had she not have stopped it would have run her over,” she said, adding that Taylor’s car did not slow down and ‘went into the side’ of Mrs Hyden’s car.

Roger Carter said that his car was undertaken by Taylor, who swerved to the outside lane, hit the central reservation, bounced back and hit Mrs Hyden’s car.

In mitigation, Gemma Kingswell said that Mrs Hyden had made an unsafe manoeuvre, by pulling straight out across two lanes, and that the collision occurred because Taylor was trying to avoid an accident with her car.

Taylor said that he had been given the BMW as a present five days before the accident and had not driven in excess of 30mph.

Chair magistrate Alan Humphrey said Taylor “did not exercise the usual care and attention of a prudent driver”.

Taylor was fined £280, ordered to pay costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £15.

His licence was endorsed with just five penalty points, after Miss Kingswell persuaded the court to show leniency.