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Carlisle crash driver admits dangerous driving charge

[A] MOTORIST whose friend was hospitalised in a road smash which also involved a bus has admitted a dangerous driving charge.

Jason George O’Neil, 26, was behind the wheel of a Peugeot car which crashed west of Carlisle on 26th September last year.

At the city’s crown court today (FRI), O’Neil pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to Anthony Queen by dangerous driving on that date.

The court heard O’Neil’s vehicle was exceeding the 40mph speed limit and had crossed double white lines, close to a bend at Micklethwaite, immediately before the collision. This involved a bus containing passengers, some of whom were said to have been thrown from seats.

Mr Queen – who attended court to support O’Neil – was detained in hospital for more than a week.

The case was adjourned by Judge Peter Davies. He asked for background information on O’Neil, of Raffles Avenue, Carlisle, who is set to be sentenced on 24th June.

In the meantime he was remanded on bail and given an interim driving ban.

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