Hurt rider faces court over crash
A 63-year-old Cooya Beach man was fined $1000 for driving his motorcycle along the bicycle lane in Port Douglas, causing an accident which resulted in him being flown to Cairns for hospitalisation.
The Mossman Magistrates Court was told that, on the afternoon of June 4 this year, the man drove his motorcycle along the bicycle lane in the vicinity of Langley Road, Port Douglas and attempted to overtake a white van.
The driver of the van indicated and began to turn left and clipped the motorcycle which then ran into a tree, injuring the 63-year-old man.
The driver of the van told police that he did not see the motorcycle coming up on his left in the bicycle lane.
The driver of the motorcycle, who appeared without legal counsel, said that he had “no memory of the accident” nut the motorcycle had been written-off by the incident. He said that he did not want to lose his licence as he needed to get to his cleaning job at a Port Douglas resort, some of which is shift work.
The man was fined $1000 and ordered to pay $87 in court costs, but Magistrate Braes said he would not disqualify him from driving.