Driver injured after Fiat Panda car was flipped onto roof in collision

Coleraine Courthouse

A  driver crashed into the rear of a Fiat Panda, which was turning off the Atlantic Road at Portrush, causing it to slam into a kerb and flip over.

Christopher Stewart (33), of Atlantic Road, Coleraine, appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on October 22 in connection with the crash he caused on May 4 this year.

He had taken a Vauxhall Astra without authority and also admitted driving without due care and attention.

A prosecutor said police attended a road traffic collision at 9am on the date in question and it emerged the Fiat had slowed to turn into a laneway when the defendant’s vehicle, travelling behind, failed to slow down.

After the vehicle being driven by Stewart slammed into the smaller car, the Fiat hit a kerb and flipped over onto its roof causing the driver minor injuries.

Stewart had taken the car he was driving from a vehicle repair premises where he worked.

Defence solicitor Sam Barr said the owner of the vehicle had not given permission for it to be used and Stewart was “on an errand”.

Mr Barr said the defendant had a momentary lapse in concentration and he collided with the other car which had slowed almost to a “snail’s pace”.

District Judge Liam McNally observed: “He hit it a right bang”.

Mr Barr said the Fiat was quite a small vehicle and after it was shunted into a high kerb it flipped over.

Stewart was given five penalty points and fined £400.

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