Driver hit man on crossing

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A WOMAN who had only been driving for six months sent a pedestrian flying over railings after failing to see him at a pelican crossing.

Gail McIntyre was driving her car along Catcote Road, in Hartlepool, when she hit the man who was crossing the road near to the junction with Rossmere Way.

The 27-year-old, who was travelling below 30mph, said she “didn’t see him” and slammed on the brakes, which she believed were not working properly due to the wet conditions, but it was too late, justices heard.

The man ended up lying on the ground on the pathway, on the other side of metal barriers.

He was left dazed and escaped with injuries including a swollen left cheek, a cut inside his mouth, pain to his chest, shoulder and legs and was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for treatment.

Prosecuting, Lynne Dalton told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “The injured party was using the pelican crossing, he remembered a car stopping, seeing the green man come on and hearing the sound of a bleeper.

“He started to cross but the next thing he remembered was being in the back of an ambulance.

“Another driver, a lady, said the injured party started to cross the road at a normal pace. A car came from the opposite direction and drove straight into him.

“The car did not appear to be driving at excess speed. It hit him and forced him into the air and over the railings, she said.

“The defendant got out of her car and ran over saying she didn’t see him.”

Mrs Dalton added: “Miss McIntyre was interviewed and accepted she was the driver and was going to work. She said she got to the lights which quickly turned amber. She slammed the brakes on but the car kept on going and she heard a bang and she realised she’d hit someone.

“When she got out of the car she recognised the person on the ground. When asked why she had not seen him, she said ‘I’ve no idea, maybe because he was wearing black. I slammed the brakes on’.”

McIntyre, of Whitburn Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty by letter prior to the court hearing to the offence of driving without due care and attention on January 15.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor said his client had already inquired about taking an advanced course to improve her driving and told justices: “My client accepts her responsibility and accepts her driving fell below the required standard. She accepts by her guilty plea that she did not see the person on the crossing.

“This is a person she knows well and she is extremely gutted by what happened, she knows it could have been more serious.”

He added that the self-employed security dog handler, who travels to different parts of the North-East to protect different premises, would not be able to work if she lost her licence.

Chairman of the bench Gary Dixon ordered that her licence be endorsed with five points, fined her £230, ordered her to pay £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He told her: “You are an inexperienced driver and you’ve shown considerable remorse at this. You will have to be very careful in future.”