Scooter rider hit by laden car

A DRIVER who crashed into a mobility scooter at a Hervey Bay pedestrian crossing has told a court that he just couldn’t stop in time.

Noel Francis Dale was driving on the Esplanade at Torquay on December 16 when he struck an elderly scooter driver at the crossing.

He told Hervey Bay Magistrates Court that with four passengers in his vehicle and a fully loaded trailer attached, it took longer to come to a complete stop.

The scooter driver had to be treated by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics in the aftermath of the crash and both vehicles received minor damage, the court heard.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris said that witnesses told police they believed Dale was driving “too fast and didn’t appear to see the pedestrian”.

But the 58-year-old said he was travelling between 30kmh and 40kmh when he saw the scooter and instantly slammed on the brakes.

He said it was the first time he’d driven that particular vehicle with the trailer attached and so wasn’t familiar with how long it would take to stop.

“I wasn’t speeding, I know that myself,’ Dale told the court.

“I hit the brakes... and possibly the weight of the trailer pushed the car.”

Dale was convicted of driving without due care and attention.

He was ordered to perform 33 hours of community service work in lieu of a fine.



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