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Careless car driver caused woman to come off motorbike

A TWENTY four year old man whose careless driving caused a biker to come off her motorcycle, writing it off in the process, has been fined £250 and given three penalty points.

Stoney Hague, of Colonial Place in Scatness, Virkie, admitted committing the offence on 2 October last year when he appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

The incident took place on an unclassified single track road in Virkie. Hague emerged onto the road in the face of the motorcycle, forcing the driver to take evasive action to avoid a collision, resulting in the driver being thrown from the vehicle and injured.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie said Hague had not looked properly when coming out of the junction. Luckily the woman was wearing protective clothing and only sustained minor injuries, but the motorbike was written off.

Defence agent Gregor Kelly said he understood insurance had taken care of the bike expenses, while the injuries were “thankfully minimal”. His client accepted his driving “fell below the standard expected”.

Meanwhile, a 22 year old man was fined £300 after admitting driving too fast in the dark without his lights on.

Lawrence Halcrow, of Kirkpark, Scalloway, admitted driving without due care or attention at excessive speeds on 15 September last year at Burnbank Road, Hill Grind and Lerwick’s Hoofields.