Careless driving caused accident

A Buncrana woman who attempted to take a u-turn on Cockhill road has been fined for careless driving.

Ciara Barber, 16 Riverview, Buncrana appeared at Buncrana District Court on Thursday in relation to the offence, which occurred on 3rd September, 2013.

The court heard that at 8.15am on that date, Garda Jason Conroy received a report of a road traffic collision on the Cockhill road, Buncrana. He met Barber at the scene, who reported an accident with a BMW. She was driving a Ford Fiesta.

Barber told the Garda she had been pulling out of a car space on the Cockhill road, opposite Supervalu. She said she had wanted to turn the car in the opposite direction towards the town. Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court Barber had effectively wanted to do a “u-turn.”

The court heard that Barber told Garda Conroy she had looked in both directions and was “part of the way around” when she saw the BMW.

The BMW crashed into the side of her car, with the collision smashing the window on the driver’s side of Barber’s car. Barber’s car then propelled forward into a wall.

The driver of the BMW told the Garda he had been driving from St Mary’s Road and the way was clear. He said as he was driving out the Cockhill road, he saw a Ford Fiesta “suddenly” in front of him and braked. The manoeuvre was “too late” and the cars collided.

Defence solicitor Mr Gerard Doyle said his client, a trainee hairdresser, had met the case very clearly. He added that the matter had been dealt with by Barber’s insurance company. Mr Doyle told the court the incident was a “mistaken lapse of judgement.”

Judge Kelly said the “unfortunate incident” was possibly due to lack of experience,

He fined Barber 150 euro and noted that her licence had been produced,