Woolacombe man will have to retake driving test after falling asleep and causing collision.

A Woolacombe pensioner who has held a clean driving licence for more than 50 years will have to retake his test after falling asleep and causing a crash on the link road.

Lionel David Solly, 75, of Chichester Park pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

In a victim impact statement, Katie Stevens, a passenger in the car struck by Solly on the evening of July 22, described seeing his Mitsubishi Colt drifting onto the wrong side of the road.

“I thought ‘oh my God, he could have killed us’,” she said. “I just kept thinking about what would have happened to my children if their parents had been killed.”

For the defence, Laurence Overend told the court that Solly had travelled back from Florida the previous day and had admitted falling asleep at the wheel.

He said he hadn’t stopped as he ‘thought he had hit a lamp post’.

He was banned from driving for six weeks and will need to pass a driving test before getting his licence back.

Solly will also pay £525 as a fine, victim surcharge and costs.