South Yorkshire OAP to take new test after crashes

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A 72-YEAR-OLD motorist must take another driving test after failing to stop following two collisions.

David Ballington has been banned from the roads for a month, and must pass another test before applying for a full licence again, after driving his Ford Transit van away after crashes with a Peugeot and a Kia Sorrento.

Driver Rebecca Swindell told police she ‘couldn’t believe it’ when Ballington carried on driving.

Karen Hill, who knew him, saw him pull out of a petrol station in front of her without looking and only just miss her vehicle.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court, said: “She saw him speeding up and braking. Vehicles were parked to the right and a car had stopped behind them. The van hit this car and scraped along it.

“It continued uphill and hit a second car. She followed and saw Ballington park outside his house.”

Ballington admitted careless driving and failing to stop and report accidents on Yeld Road, Bakewell. He was fined £315, with £85 costs.

Annette Thomas, mitigating, said he had been helping his roofer son and was driving home.

She said: “The vehicle was older and quite noisy and he didn’t realise what had happened.”

Ballington, of Moorhall, Bakewell, claimed parked vehicles on the road where he crashed were a problem and he had started a petition calling for action.