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Barrow crash driver admits injuring motorcyclist

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A driver from Barrow-in-Furness helped prevent a motorcyclist from choking after an accident on November 16, last year.

The driver of the car Paul Ballantyne, 42, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention when he appeared before magistrates in Carlisle.

The court was told how the defendant was driving a blue Hyundai Getz along Roose Road in Barrow when he was waiting to turn right at a junction, when he turned across the path of a motorcycle, having failed to see it prior to him performing a manoeuvre.

Ballantyne of Westway, Barrow in Furness, told the court it was “an accident” I was waiting in the central-lane to turn right, I didn’t see him, I went to his aid when he was lying on the road and found his helmet was starting to choke him, but I couldn’t loosen it, I had to run to a nearby shop to get some scissors to cut through his helmet straps and he was put into the “recover position” until police and medical staff arrived.

The court was told the victim was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital with broken bones and two-broken ribs, he may need a new shoulder joint and is still off work.

Ballantyne said if he was banned from driving there is a possibility he could loose his job as a window-fitter and needs his licence for work.

After 10-minutes deliberation the magistrates imposed a fine of £380 with court costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £38, nine-penalty-points was placed on his licence.

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