Cyclist suffers broken hip in crash, Magherafelt Court told

Magherafelt Courthouse.
Magherafelt Courthouse.

A motorist who collided with a cyclist while turning into a Magherafelt service station, has lost her licence for 12 months.

Kirsty McKay (22), civil servant, Moneygran Road, Portglenone, was also fined £265 for causing grievous bodily injury to Alex Evans through careless driving at Moneymore Road on the evening of August 14 last year.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he was imposing a period of disqualification to reflect the serious nature of the accident and the injuries inflicted.

A prosecuting lawyer told Magherafelt Magistrates Court that the cyclist was coming down the Moneymore Road as the defendant was turning right into the service station.

She said when police arrived the injured party was being treated for his injuries by ambulance paramedics.

The defendant told police that she thought she had time to make the turn, the prosecutor said.

The lawyer added that the cyclist sustained a broken hip and other injuries as a result of the collision.

Admitting the offence, a defence solicitor said the defendant has seen the cyclist but made a simple error in not judging properly the speed of the racing bike.

He said McKay had a clear record and pleaded with the court not to impose a disqualification as she required her driving licence in connection with her work as a staff officer with the department of education.