Driver who took friend’s car knocked over cyclist on Tees Road

David Fishburn leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court
David Fishburn leaving Hartlepool Magistrates' Court

A DRIVER crashed into an unsuspecting cyclist throwing him on to the bonnet after he took a friend’s car without permission.

David Fishburn, 25, had been at a pal’s house in Seaton Carew when he decided to take the friend’s uninsured Nissan Primera to drive to the shops.

The car was parked off-road as it needed repairs doing and Fishburn, only had a provisional driving licence,

Shortly afterwards he crashed into cyclist Paul Allison who had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Joanne Hesse, prosecuting at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, said: “The defendant took the keys to the vehicle belonging to his friend and drove to the shops.

“Wen he approached the junction of Elizabeth Way and Tees Road he stopped but he failed to notice a cyclist, Mr Allison, who was riding his bike along Tees Road.

“The defendant pulled out in front of Mr Allison resulting in a collision causing him to be thrown on to the bonnet and windscreen causing damage to both Mr Allison and the windscreen of the vehicle.

“Mr Allison had to attend hospital for treatment to his injuries.”

Fishburn was questioned by police and admitted he did not have permission to drive his friend’s car and that he only held a provisional driving licence.

He pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence when he appeared at court.

Sentencing was adjourned for three weeks to allow prosecutors to find out the level of Mr Allison’s injuries.

The court heard that Fishburn, of Rawlinson Avenue, Billingham, has no other previous convictions.

He was not speeding when he caused the crash on Tuesday, August 20.

Magistrates adjourned the case until Monday, September 23.

He was granted bail in the meantime.