Careless Sheffield driver is fined after a collision put a toddler in danger

A careless driver has been fined after he tried to overtake another motorist who lost control and collided with another vehicle.

By Jon Cooper
Friday, 13th December 2019, 12:43 pm

Aaron Guest, aged 20, of Edge Well Crescent, Birley Edge, had been driving a BMW on Main Road, Sheffield, and tryng to overtake when there was a collision between two other vehicles.

A Sheffield Magistrates’ Court hearing on December 4, whch was held at Sheffield Crown Court, heard how the motorist that Guest had been trying to overtake had lost control of his white car and was involved in a collison with another vehicle with two occupants and a three-year-old child.

Rob Coyne, prosecuting, said: “This defendant has accepted he performed an overtaking manoeuvre at speed on this white car and as he has done it the white car appears to have lost control but we don’t know how. And it careered into the other carriageway into a vehicle with a driver, passenger and a three-year-old child.”

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Mr Coyne added that after the collision the driver of the white car got into Guest’s BMW before the defendant drove away.

The court heard the driver of the white car was dealt with separately for failing to stop after he handed himself in.

Guest told police he had been driving over the speed limit and he had been overtaking during the incident on August 4.

A witness stated the BMW edged out as if it was overtaking before it pulled back in and the white car careered into the other side of the road.

Guest pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, without a licence and without insurance.

Clarkson Baptiste, defending, said even though Guest does not have a licence he is an expert off-road stock car racer and he does cars up.

Mr Baptiste added that having the BMW on the driveway was too much temptation for Guest and it was fortunate there were no serious injuries during the collision.

Guest, who suffers with mental health issues, had not been racing, according to Mr Baptiste.

District Judge Naomi Redhouse fined Guest £200 and he must pay £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge. Guest’s licence is to be endorsed with nine points.