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