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

Man who caused Link Road pile up admits careless driving

PUBLISHED: 13:45 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:56 14 February 2014

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

Archant

Barnstaple man veered into oncoming traffic causing collision which broke another driver’s back.

A DRIVER has pleaded guilty to driving carelessly after his car veered onto the opposite carriageway causing a crash which broke another driver’s back.

Peter Woolacott, 30, of St Marys Road in Barnstaple, told North Devon Magistrates’ Court today (Friday) that he ‘did not know’ what had caused him to veer across the road.

Prosecutor Sonia Croft told the court Woolacott has come around a left-hand bend on the North Devon Link Road on September 26, but continued in a straight line.

He ploughed into the oncoming traffic, causing a collision with two other cars in which one driver broke his back and another suffered cuts and extensive bruising.

Mrs Croft said there seemed to have been some sort of ‘prolonged distraction’ which had caused the incident and it was possible Woolacott had fallen asleep.

Woolacott, who was unrepresented in court, said he had been driving home after a short holiday and was ‘not in any race or rush’ to get home.

“I can’t think what happened or what made the incident happened,” he said.

“I’m just really sorry that it has happened. All I remember was the air bags going off and bangs like the sound of an explosion.”

Magistrates heard the cars, which were all severely damaged in the collision, were being dealt with through insurance.

Woolacott escaped a disqualification after telling magistrates it could affect his job, and had his licence endorsed with eight penalty points.

He was also fined £350 and made to pay costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £33.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News Stories

13:18

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arrived in Barnstaple this morning (Thursday)

Read more
16:42

Pictures by Graham Hobbs and John Fisher of the visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Barnstaple Pannier Market

Read more
15:00

Gazette reporter Matt Smart gives beekeeping a go at Quince Honey Farm

Read more
07:00

A ‘call for sites’ from North Devon and Torridge district councils starts today (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 16:53

Their Royal Highnesses will call in at Barnstaple Pannier Market for their first engagement of the day

Read more
Yesterday, 14:49

Contractors yet to decide if planned road closure will take place tonight after a new footbridge was meant to be craned into place over the A39 last night (Tuesday) but a lightning storm stopped it happening.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:15

The challenge launched in Barnstaple on Saturday, with more than 500 signing up.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:48

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted by an ‘unknown group of men’ outside of the Sticklepath garage in Barnstaple.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:33

Facebook panic over claims two dogs had died after poisoned ham was deliberately left at Instow Beach

Read more
Yesterday, 11:16

Former pupil donates money after finding unsupported employment in Barnstaple

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 14°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