Man whose mother tragically died in a road accident two years ago admits careless driving in connection with a crash on the Lisnevenagh Road this year

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Ballymena Court.

A man whose mother was tragically killed in a car accident two years ago has been given seven penalty points and fined £300 after admitting driving without due care and attention and causing a collision this summer.

James Stewart Clyde (23), of The Meadow in Antrim town, committed the offence on July 7 this year at the Lisnevenagh Road between Antrim and Ballymena.

In July 2016, the defendant’s mother Lorraine Clyde and Michelle McStravick from Randalstown, died following a crash at Church Road, Randalstown.

Regarding this year’s incident involving James Clyde, a prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court on December 13, that at 8.55am on July 7 this year the defendant was driving from the Kells direction and crossed into the central reservation of the Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway but pulled out into the path of a BMW causing a collision.

Both vehicles were severely damaged and the prosecutor said minor injuries were caused.

The defendant told police he initially thought the road had been clear but accepted he must have been mistaken.

A defence barrister said the defendant, who was with his girlfriend, was using a Satnav as he was unfamiliar with the area.

The lawyer told the court the defendant “lost a parent” in a road traffic collision in recent years.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the incident involving James Clyde was a “significant collision”.

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