Moneymore motorist who knocked down cyclist was ‘dazzled by the sun’


A Moneymore man who knocked down a cyclist in Newmills has been banned from driving for six months.

Police were tasked to a collision between a car and a bicycle on Brackaville Road between Newmills and Coalisland on the evening of July 19.

The defendant, Simon Alexander McGarvey, 26, from Springhill Road, told police that he had been going in the direction of Stewartstown when he had reached a junction in the road. He stated that he had not come to a full stop but had pulled out.

He had become “dazzled” by the low sun and , though he had spotted the cyclist and had swerved to avoid her, she had struck his car.

The injured party was also interviewed and she stated that the driver had failed to stop and all she could remember thereafter was lying on the ground as a lady called her name.

Mr Liam McStay, defending, told the court that his client “accepted fully that his driving” was to blame.

“He ought to have seen the cyclist,” Mr McStay continued, “but he did hit evasive action.”

He informed the court that the injured party did sustain serious injury in the collision and that his client had been in contact with the lady to monitor her progress.

Mr McStay told the court that Mr McGarvey, who is employed on a casual basis at McDonald’s Restaurant, already had nine points on his driving record.

District Judge John Meehan - after questioning the police report which did not identify if the junction was a stop or give way - handed down a fine of £200 and five penalty points. This took him over the 12-point threshold and saw him banned from driving for six months.

An offender’s levy of £15 was also imposed.