Woman cleared of dan­ger­ous driv­ing charges as court rules pedes­trian is to blame

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A woman from Qala yes­ter­day was cleared of dan­ger­ous driv­ing charges, as the court ruled that the pedes­trian did not cross the road from the des­ig­nated cross­ing.

Mag­is­trate Joe Mif­sud ruled that in this case, the pedes­trian, Gabriele Helga White­house from Xewk­ija, was to blame. The ac­ci­dent took place back in March 2014. Mrs White­house had suf­fered a bro­ken leg. The med­i­cal ex­perts had es­tab­lished that the pedes­trian was un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

Mary Sul­tana was charged with neg­li­gent driv­ing, and for driv­ing in a dan­ger­ous man­ner and with ex­ces­sive speed.

The court heard how Mrs White­house had a drink­ing prob­lem and had con­sumed a con­sid­er­able amount of al­co­hol be­fore tak­ing her dogs for a walk. Her re­laxed mo­tor skills were not helped by the dogs that were con­stantly pulling on the leash.

The Mag­is­trate ruled that Mrs Sul­tana should be cleared of charges and said that the vic­tim was the sole per­son re­spon­si­ble for th­ese in­juries.

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