FINED £92

Driver whoh ad­mit­ted caus­ing bus crash which left 13 peo­ple in­jured and badly dam­aged a build­ing avoids driv­ing ban

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephen 01733 588734

A woman who caused a bus crash in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre last Christ­mas Eve which left one woman with cracked ribs and a char­ity head­quar­ters badly dam­aged has avoided a driv­ing ban. Yas­min Kauser (46) of Park Road, Peter­bor­ough crashed her Kia car into the side of the bus on Broad­way at about noon on December 24 last year.

The bus slammed into the side of the Guide Dogs for the Blind build­ing, and13 pas­sen­gers were in­jured.

On Tues­day, Kauser ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court, where she was sen­tenced af­ter ad­mit­ting care­less driv­ing at a pre­vi­ous hear­ing.

Mag­is­trates had ad­journed the sen­tenc­ing in July to al­low con­sid­er­a­tion for dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

But Kauser, who lis­tened to the hear­ing through an in­ter­preter, showed no emo­tion as she was told she would not be banned.

She was given six points on her li­cence, and fined £92. She was also or­dered to pay £85 costs and a £20 sur­charge - a to­tal bill of £197.

She was told she could pay the to­tal in £20 per week in­stal­ments.

Gra­ham Al­lan, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court: “This wasa se­ri­ous in­jury road traf­fic col­li­sion. There were three ve­hi­cles in­volved in the col­li­sion on December 24 at the junc­tion of Broad­way and Church Walk.

“The ad­ja­cent build­ing sus­tained sub­stan­tial dam­age.

“The cars in­volved were the Kia Sportage driven by the de­fen­dant, a bus and a Seat, driven by an un­known male.

“The bus was trav­el­ling north along Broad­way, and the Seat was trav­el­ling south on the same road.

“The Kia was trav­el­ling east along Church Walk, and emerged with­out stop­ping onto Broad­way. Ve­hi­cles on Broad­way had pri­or­ity.

“She col­lided with the near­side of the bus. It was a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact. Both ve­hi­cles moved across Broad­way and mounted the pave­ment.

“The bus driver and pas­sen­gers suf­fered slight in­jury, while one pas­sen­ger suf­fered se­ri­ous in­jury, when she suf­fered cracked ribs.”

The court was told Kauser had a clean driv­ing li­cence, and had been driv­ing for 20 years. The court heard her hus­band was re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for can­cer.

Mag­is­trate Alan Jones, sen­tenc­ing, said :“This is an un­for­tu­nate of­fence, one which has caused both in­jury and sig­nif­i­cant dam­age. Your driv­ing record sug­gests you are nor­mally a care­ful driver and we are pre­pared to deal with this as a one off in­ci­dent rather than gen­eral bad driv­ing.”

Yas­min Kauser (cen­tre) at court

Emer­gency work­ers deal with the crash wreck­age.

Yas­min Kauser shields her­self with an um­brella

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