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Ballymoney man caused serious collision after failing to stop at junction said it was possible he hit accelerator instead of brake pedal

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BT Coleraine

A motorist who failed to stop at a junction and caused a collision involving two other vehicles admitted to police it was possible that instead of putting his foot on the brake he had accidentally hit the accelerator, Coleraine Magistrates Court was told on Friday.

Jason Boal (23), of Belford Park, Ballymoney, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at the junction of the Portrush Road and Semicock Road in Ballymoney at 2pm on November 5 last year.
A prosecutor said police received a report of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles which were extensively damaged.

Boal’s vehicle emerged from Semicock Road without stopping at a junction with the Portrush Road and he struck a passing car which then collided with another vehicle.

A person in one of the other vehicles suffered a broken ankle and wrist and other people were also injured.
The court heard that Boal – who was a ‘Restricted’ driver at the time – told police his brakes had failed but an examination showed they were working.

Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said that at the end of the police interview it was put to Boal if it was possible that instead of putting his foot on the brake pedal he had instead touched the accelerator pedal and he accepted that was possible because of his driving inexperience.

Deputy District Judge Laura Ievers said she was prepared to put it down as a “momentary lapse of attention” and gave the defendant three penalty points along with a £150 fine.

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