Driver involved in three-car crash fined

A motorist has been ordered to sit an appropriate driving test after a three-car collision near Buxton, which left several people injured.

The accident happened on November 25 when Brian Farrington’s Renault Megane vehicle was travelling along the A515 in the direction of Ashbourne, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

Farrington and his wife had agreed to stop at the Brierlow Bar bookshop to have a break and change drivers, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said. He had pulled over into the safe turning area ready to turn right but his vehicle had slightly crossed over into the carriageway. A Ford Mondeo travelling in the opposite direction towards Buxton swerved to avoid Farrington’s car but struck it on the side and then ricocheted into the opposite side of the road, crashing almost head-on into a Mini Cooper on the opposite side of the road, travelling towards Ashbourne.

The driver of the Mini suffered cuts above his eye, bruising to his shoulders, chest, hips, neck and coccyx, the court heard. The front seat passenger suffered a ruptured left kidney and whiplash, while the back seat passenger suffered a fractured skull as well as a number of other injuries, including problems with her vision.

Farrington, 79, of Churchfields, Yoxall, Staffordshire, admitted driving without due care and attention.

Marta Tomlinson, defending, said: “Mr and Mrs Farrington had been away to visit family to celebrate a relative’s birthday.

“Mr Farrington approached the junction, moved into the safe right-turn box, indicated and stopped prior to making the manoeuvre. What then happened is Mr Gregson, driving the Ford Mondeo coming in the opposite direction, decided to take evasive action which involved him clipping the side of Mr Farrington’s car and then colliding with the Mini.

“Mr Farrington accepts his actions might have contributed to the accident but they are not entirely causative. He accepts he was not entirely within the confines of the safe box.

“Mr Farrington is 79 years of age. He is retired now and has been driving for 50 years. In that time he has covered almost 700,000 miles.

“He has no criminal convictions, and a clean licence. His driving record is exemplary for someone who has been driving so long and done such a lot of mileage.

“He has not driven since the accident itself.”

Farrington was fined £116 and ordered to pay £35 costs and a £20 surcharge.

He was also given six penalty points.