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Young girl at risk of epilepsy following road traffic accident

A driver who knocked over a six-year-old girl in a road traffic accident has been fined for driving without due care and attention.

The schoolgirl, pushing a toy pram, had been using a pedestrian crossing with her mother who had been pushing her younger daughter in a buggy when the accident took place.

As they got halfway over the crossing a Nissan Note car swerved across the road avoiding the mother and crashing into the young girl's toy buggy. The side mirror of the car hit the girl on the head causing her to sustain a gash to her temple.

The girl was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where a brain scan revealed that she had suffered a bleed, which could result in epilepsy.

The driver later told police that he had been forced to pull out onto the other side of the road to avoid road works and had not seen the traffic lights. He was fined £240, ordered to pay £75 in court costs, and was given six penalty points on his licence at West Norfolk Magistrates Court.

The court ruled that any claim for road traffic accident compensation would be heard by a civil court.



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