Motorist, 20, fined for ‘tragic accident’

Echo: Motorist, 20, fined for ‘tragic accident’ Motorist, 20, fined for ‘tragic accident’

A YOUNG man was handed a fine following a “tragic accident” in which an elderly woman was left fighting for her life.

Harry Goater, 20, struck Jean Kenway, after she ran out in front of his car as he was driving in Radford Way, Billericay, on New Year’s Day.

Mrs Kenway, 60, suffered lifethreatening injuries, including brain trauma and fractured spinal vertebrate.

She is still recovering at a London Hospital.

Essex Police launched an investigation into the incident and found Goater was not to blame for crash.

However, he was prosecuted because he did not stop immediately at the scene, but continued driving 100m to LA Fitness’ car park with a smashed windscreen.

Yesterday Goater’s solicitor, Mark Pearson, told Basildon Magistrates’ Court his client was in shock and had driven to the gym, because he knew his brother was there.

Goater, of Deveraux Way, Billericay, admitted one count of using a motor vehicle likely to cause danger of injury and one count of failing to stop after a road accident He was fined £330 and in a show of leniency magistrates handed him five penalty points which means he will keep his driving licence. New drivers are banned if they get six points in the first two years after passing their test.

However, Goater’s solicitor said he has been too upset to drive ever since. The court heard Goater was driving home from work in Basildon when he struck Mrs Kenway at about 20mph.

The woman had been crossing Radford Way, near to the BP garage, as she walked home from the train station.

A woman who had been walking behind Mrs Kenway told police that she “seemed to run out in to the road as if she had a death wish”.

The court heard Mrs Kenway struck the windscreen of Goater’s Renault Clio, causing it to shatter, and then rolled in to the road. Goater carried on driving to LA Fitness, in Radford Way, where he called his brother.

The pair then went back to the scene of the accident where Goater handed himself in to a police community support officer.

The court heard that it is not believed that Mrs Kenway was attempting to kill herself, but had begun crossing the road, misjudged the traffic and ran out in front of Goater’s Clio.

Mr Pearson said: “This was a tragic accident. Mr Goater was 19 at the time.

“He had no intention to make off, the shock led him to leave the scene. He drove 100m to call his brother, who he knew was in the gym.

“It has had a profound impact on both parties.

“Mr Goater has been unable to bring himself to drive since and is still coming to terms with the affect of what happened.”

Chairman of the bench, Mr Hollins, said: “We accept you are completely blameless for this tragic accident.

“However, you failed to stop and continued to drive your car in a dangerous condition.”

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7:02am Mon 14 Jul 14

Touch79 says...

From the report, it doesn't sound like it was in the interests of anybody to bring this case, and the penalties sound very harsh for a young lad who was obviously in shock and making an effort to do the right thing.
From the report, it doesn't sound like it was in the interests of anybody to bring this case, and the penalties sound very harsh for a young lad who was obviously in shock and making an effort to do the right thing. Touch79
  • Score: 47

8:35am Mon 14 Jul 14

John Right says...

Never leave the scene of an accident, he's lucky not to be enjoying a spell in prison..
Never leave the scene of an accident, he's lucky not to be enjoying a spell in prison.. John Right
  • Score: -25

9:44am Mon 14 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

at least they got him for something, otherwise a complete waste of time and effort.......quite creative of essex police, to be fair, that 100m mullarky.....
at least they got him for something, otherwise a complete waste of time and effort.......quite creative of essex police, to be fair, that 100m mullarky..... pembury53
  • Score: -12

2:27pm Mon 14 Jul 14

beejiu says...

100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.
100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene. beejiu
  • Score: 19

3:12pm Mon 14 Jul 14

John Right says...

beejiu wrote:
100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.
Should have been sent to prison, young scum..
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: 100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.[/p][/quote]Should have been sent to prison, young scum.. John Right
  • Score: -31

3:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

John Right wrote:
Never leave the scene of an accident, he's lucky not to be enjoying a spell in prison..
You clearly are a special type of di€k. This poor lad, clearly innocent of hitting this short sighted older lady,and you want him sent down? For what? Driving at 20mph? Hitting someone he had no chance of avoiding? Driving a Clio? You need to get in the real world, and perhaps accept innocent people actually exist, and they are not all scum.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Never leave the scene of an accident, he's lucky not to be enjoying a spell in prison..[/p][/quote]You clearly are a special type of di€k. This poor lad, clearly innocent of hitting this short sighted older lady,and you want him sent down? For what? Driving at 20mph? Hitting someone he had no chance of avoiding? Driving a Clio? You need to get in the real world, and perhaps accept innocent people actually exist, and they are not all scum. Maddogg
  • Score: 27

4:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Robin Reliant says...

Touch79 wrote:
From the report, it doesn't sound like it was in the interests of anybody to bring this case, and the penalties sound very harsh for a young lad who was obviously in shock and making an effort to do the right thing.
yes sounds harsh once you read the story, he was young and panicked, his biggest crime was to drive 100metres further along the road.
[quote][p][bold]Touch79[/bold] wrote: From the report, it doesn't sound like it was in the interests of anybody to bring this case, and the penalties sound very harsh for a young lad who was obviously in shock and making an effort to do the right thing.[/p][/quote]yes sounds harsh once you read the story, he was young and panicked, his biggest crime was to drive 100metres further along the road. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 19

9:04pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Touch79 says...

It would be nice if someone in officialdom would occasionally come on here and try to justify cases where public opinion is clearly opposed to them.
It would be nice if someone in officialdom would occasionally come on here and try to justify cases where public opinion is clearly opposed to them. Touch79
  • Score: 2

10:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

emcee says...

beejiu wrote:
100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.
Especially if the driver could be in a state of "sh*t, what just happened" shock. 100m is a fair distance to enable you to gather your thoughts to realise what has just happened and for this chap to be penalised for such is very rough justice indeed.
Another example of the justice system being not fit for purpose.
[quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: 100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.[/p][/quote]Especially if the driver could be in a state of "sh*t, what just happened" shock. 100m is a fair distance to enable you to gather your thoughts to realise what has just happened and for this chap to be penalised for such is very rough justice indeed. Another example of the justice system being not fit for purpose. emcee
  • Score: 8

10:55am Tue 15 Jul 14

southend_Dave says...

John Right wrote:
beejiu wrote:
100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.
Should have been sent to prison, young scum..
Humanity at its best.

Kid should have stopped, and rightly fine for not doing so, but he wasnt at fault for the accident and probably just in shock.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beejiu[/bold] wrote: 100m takes about 7.5 seconds to cover. For all intents and purposes, that is stopping at the scene.[/p][/quote]Should have been sent to prison, young scum..[/p][/quote]Humanity at its best. Kid should have stopped, and rightly fine for not doing so, but he wasnt at fault for the accident and probably just in shock. southend_Dave
  • Score: 11
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