Hurt rider faces court over crash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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