December 6 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A 33-year-old man has been fined after admitting causing a crash by driving without due care and attention - a crash which saw both vehicles written off and caused him serious injuries.
Richard Wing, a father-of-two from Hopton, near Diss, admitted the charge at Norwich Magistrates Court and saw three penalty points added to his driving licence. He was also fined £75 and ordered to pay a £20 surcharge.
The charge was brought following a crash on the C245 Scottow Road, near the former RAF Coltishall base in north Norfolk, on February 2 of this year.
Kimberley Reeves, prosecuting, said Wing was driving a Nissan Cabstar truck and police evidence showed he had drifted into the oncoming lane and crashed into a Ford Transit van.
The Transit driver suffered a fractured rib and swelling of his knee but Wing came off worse, attending court on Monday in a wheelchair.
Wing’s lawyer, Alan Wheatman, explained that his leg was broken in three places and that his ankle had been reconstructed with plates. He said: “His injuries are such that he will pay for this the rest of his life.”
Wing had initially claimed the crash was not his fault, and that the Transit had drifted into his lane, but Mr Wheatman said police evidence had shown he was “totally and utterly wrong”.