Careless motorist ‘caused accident’
Maliha Ramzan, 21, of Arbroath Road, admitted causing an accident with a van, whose driver tried to take evasive action but was diverted on to a pavement, striking the girl.
The girl was bruised and sore, Dundee Sheriff Court was told, however she did not suffer any major injuries.
Fiscal depute Laura Bruce told the court Ramzan had been travelling northwards on North Erskine Street towards its junction with Dura Street.
She said she was attempting to turn right into Dura Street but failed to give way at the junction and collided with the van.
Mrs Bruce said the incident was captured on another vehicle’s CCTV equipment on Dura Street.
She said: “The vehicle she struck mounted the pavement and struck the 14-year-old girl, who was knocked to the ground.” She said the girl had a sore foot and bruising and soreness to other parts of her body, but no severe injuries.
Solicitor Ian Houston said Ramzan believed she was paying attention but simply didn’t see the van.
“The van driver said he tried to take evasive action but ended up mounting the pavement and striking the girl,” he said.
“The difficulty she faces is that she has held a licence for less than two years prior to this accident and if she is given six points or more she will automatically be disqualified from driving.”
He said Ramzan is a student studying HND applied biological sciences at Kingsway College and is living with her parents.
He added: “Due to commitments she has she doesn’t feel she can do unpaid work.”
Ramzan admitted driving carelessly on September 7, 2017, on Dura Street at the junction with North Erskine Street, failing to give way at the junction, entering the roadway when it was unsafe to do so, colliding with another vehicle and causing it to mount the pavement, striking the 14-year-old girl, causing her to fall to the ground to her injury and causing damage to both vehicles.
Sheriff John Rafferty ordered Ramzan to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. He imposed five penalty points and told her she could consider herself “very lucky” not to lose her licence.
A DUNDEE woman drove carelessly and caused a 14-year-old girl pedestrian to be knocked down.
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