Learner causes crash

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A learner driver caused a three car crash and then fled from the accident scene.

Susan Story, who was captured on mobile phone footage by a witness to the crash, went to the police the next day and confessed.

Story, a 38-year-old mother, of Auster Crescent, Kirkham, pleaded guilty to driving carelessly without insurance or a licence and failing to stop after an accident.

Pam Smith, prosecutor, said on August 5 at 4pm police were called to a crash on Preston Road, Lytham. Story had been driving a Renault Megane which collided with a Mercedes, which was shunted into a Vauxhall, while waiting at a red traffic light.

Story and a male passenger had left the accident scene, but police were passed footage of the crash and driver, which a witness had filmed on a phone.

The next day Story went to St Anne’s police station and confessed. She matched the woman in the footage taken on the witness’s phone. Story said she believed her brakes had failed.

Hugh Pond, defending, said the car had been bought by his client’s boyfriend a week earlier. Story believed her brakes may have failed but an investigation showed there was nothing wrong with them.

Story had not passed a driving test and it may have been her inability to drive which caused the accident. She had been stunned by the airbags in the crash and hailed a taxi, leaving the scene afterwards.

She was disqualified from driving for six months, fined £200 with £300 compensation and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £85 costs with £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told her: “Fortunately no-one was injured. You could have killed someone.”