Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Driver fined for collision which caused ‘life changing injuries’

PUBLISHED: 14:33 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:38 25 April 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in collision which ‘launched’ car into air causing driver life changing injuries.

A WOMAN who escaped a collision unhurt while the other driver suffered ‘life changing’ injuries has been given seven penalty points.

Nicola Stoneman, 25, of Ventown Farm, Okehampton, pleaded guilty to causing the collision at Winkleigh by driving without due care and attention on January 13.

The court heard she had been driving down the A3214 – a road she drove every day for work – at ‘no excessive speed’ when she lost control of the rear end of her car.

Witnesses said the end of her Peugeot shot out and in correcting the error, Stoneman managed to veer into the opposite carriageway and collide with the Ford Puma.

The Puma ‘seemed to launch into the air’ said a witness at the scene, leaving the driver Nigel Holmes trapped and with multiple injuries.

Mr Holmes was cut from the car by fire crews and airlifted to Derriford Hospital with broken legs, a fractured and dislocated elbow and cuts to his knee and head.

His injuries were described as ‘life changing’ and the court heard he had to be put into a coma in hospital due to a chest infection and is now in a wheelchair.

Rod Ball, defending, said Stoneman had new rear tyres put on the car a few days before the incident and thought maybe this had caused an imbalance. Collision investigations found no faults with the vehicle.

Mr Ball said Stoneman, who was uninjured in the collision, was very familiar with the road and was ‘absolutely devastated’ by what had happened to Mr Holmes.

Presiding magistrate Robin Hagley told Stoneman: “We can only imagine what the results of that accident and the ongoing effects on you are.

“We realise it was a misjudgement, you were not speeding, and you must know that road very well as you use it a lot. But this is aggravated by the very serious injuries.”

Stoneman was fined £250, give seven penalty points and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

12:52

Even presenter Nick Knowles got in the act as runners from across North Devon took part in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

Read more
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Mark Saunders from North Devon has reached his fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of local people and groups

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

The £11million build opens up for first time for summer term

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Appledore’s Jackie Avery and Braunton’s Barrie Charlesworth are presented with their BEM medals in Exeter

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Take a journey through time with our interactive photo slider. Move the sliders from left to right to see the changes.

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Fullabrook CIC is holding its AGM on April 26, with all welcome to find out more about the community garnt scehem

Read more
Friday, April 21, 2017

Petrol station has been bought by Central Convenience Stores to give it a second location in Combe Martin

Read more
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Owners have invested half a million pounds to transform a Victorian Ilfracombe hotel into a 21st century venue

Read more
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The April Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean has been a great success - and schoolchildren in Ilfracombe were keen to do their part

Read more
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Well known local police Inspector Roger Bartlett will be sorely missed by his colleagues after a long policing career

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications