Court in Ballymena: Man taking flowers from garden centre to community group crashed after driving through a red traffic light

The collision happened at this junction. General picture of area from Google Maps.

A MAN who was taking flowers from a garden centre to a community group crashed after driving through a red traffic light.

Patrick Frew (50), of Rosemount, Cloughmills, admitted a charge of driving without care and attention.

On June 3 this year there was a three vehicle collision at traffic lights at the junction of Charles Street and Market Street in Ballymoney.

A prosecutor told Coleraine Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena on Friday, the defendant had driven a van through a red light and collided with a Ford Kuga causing frontal damage to his vehicle.

The court heard the defendant told police: “I wasn’t thinking. My mind was elsewhere. I apologise”.

A prosecutor said a third vehicle, which was behind the Kuga, was also struck and was damaged on a front nearside panel.

District Judge Peter King said the defendant was “fortunate” not to be facing a dangerous driving charge.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said thankfully there were no injuries reported.

He said the defendant had been taking flowers from a garden centre to a community group.

The lawyer said the defendant had been driving for many years without incident.

Judge King said it was a “higher end careless driving and given the fact that the rtc occurred jumping a red light Mr Frew can consider himself fortunate”.

The defendant was given seven penalty points and fined £350.

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