A DISTRACTED motorist drove into a garage forecourt as a car came from the other direction because he became “suddenly and violently ill”.
Paul Bennett, aged 54, of Rossroe Avenue, Caherdavin pleaded guilty to careless driving at Holycross, Bruff. Sergeant Michelle Leahy said on May 20 the defendant was driving a van on the R512.
“He turned into the forecourt of a garage. He failed to observe an oncoming car. The driver of the car had to take avoidance action and collided with the fuel pumps. The defendant was badly shaken on the day,” said Sgt Leahy.
Edmond Dillon, solicitor for Mr Bennett, said the State had outlined the case “most fairly”.
“He is a 54-year-old married man who drives for a living. He has no previous convictions,” said Mr Dillon. The solicitor said there were “somewhat unusual circumstances”.
“He became suddenly and violently ill. He glanced at the petrol station to see if there was a bathroom he could access in a hurry. His attention wavered momentarily,” said Mr Dillon.
Mr Bennett was fined €150.