Driver has no memory of double crash

A woman lost control of her car and crashed into two vehicles - but has no recollection of what happened, a court heard.

Monday, 1st May 2017, 10:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:46 pm
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

The collision happened when Emma Taylor, 25, was driving a black Vauxhall Golf on Liverpool Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, at 9.30am on Friday, January 20.

Justices were told that the motorist had suffered a complete memory block in relation to the smash but accepts that she was responsible for what happened.

During a hearing at Wigan And Leigh Magistrates’ Court, Tess Kenyon, prosecuting, said: “She lost control of the vehicle and collided with a parked unattended Fiat.

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“She spun in the carriageway and collided with a Renault Captur.”

Kenny Ip, defending, said: “It is a simple case of my client losing control of the vehicle and colliding into others who were parked at the time.

“Unfortunately for her she doesn’t recall this as it was happening.”

He said Taylor, of Old Hall Drive, Ashton, believes she was not speeding at the time.

When police attended the scene and spoke to Taylor, they discovered that she did not have insurance, the court heard.

Mr Ip said that while she had purchased insurance last year, there was a “hiccup” when payments were missed while she changed jobs.

She had bought the car from her ex-partner and there was “confusion” about who was responsible for insuring it. She spoke to him and he said he would deal with it, Mr Ip said.

There was nothing to suggest that Taylor was under the influence of drink or drugs when the collision took place.

Taylor, who works for the Royal Mail and had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and to driving without third party insurance.

Magistrates ordered her to pay a £200 fine for driving without due care and attention and £300 for the lack of insurance.

She was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs, £300 compensation to the vehicle owners and a £30 victim surcharge. Her driving licence was endorsed with eight penalty points.