Claire Dunn’s son, Jack, 13, was cycling to school in January when he was hit by Andrew Lancaster, 22, who overtook traffic as Jack used a zebra crossing at Hobleythick Lane, Westcliff.
The Southend High School for Boys pupil smashed his face open on the ground and was knocked out.
At Colchester Magistrates’ Court, Lancaster admitted driving a vehicle on a road without due care and attention.Is that all he was charged with? Another example of CPS laziness, I guess...
Lancaster, of Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff received a fine of £166 and was ordered to pay court costs of £90. He also got five penalty points.And no compensation order for the injury or damage to the bike? No wonder the mother is furious:
Claire, 41, said: “I cannot begin to say how disappointed I am with the magistrate. Five points and a fine does not reflect the circumstances or the physical and psychological injury inflicted upon my 13-year-old son.
“Had Jack not have been wearing his helmet, the outcome could have been fatal. To run into a child who is crossing a zebra crossing should result in an instant disqualification.
It’s disgraceful to think this man continues to use our roads.”Yes. It's also disgraceful to think the magistrate continues to sit on the bench.