Hypoglycemic Derbyshire driver “blacked out” and hit another car, court hears

A stressed-out Derbyshire hotel manager “blacked out” and ploughed his vehicle into an oncoming car after missing lunch, a court heard.

By Ben McVay
Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 3:32 pm

Kevin Hesketh, 29, had only eaten “a banana” - having not had time to eat properly - and suffered “syncope, probably triggered by hypoglycemia”, magistrates were told.

Prosecutor Becky Allsop told Chesterfield Magistrates Court how on August 6 Hesketh hit another car on the A61 in Higham.

The driver of the car he collided with described seeing an oncoming vehicle in the opposite lane “entering her own lane”.

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Hesketh admitted driving without due care and attention

Ms Allsop said: “It happened so fast that there was an impact and her vehicle was shunted into the opposite carriageway - she only came to a stop when she hit a lamp post.”

In a victim impact statement read out to the court Hesketh’s victim said: “I’m 20 years old and normally fit and healthy.

“The accident will haunt me and my family for years - my injuries were not life-changing but had a huge impact.”

The court heard the young woman’s injuries following the accident ranged from severe bruising to neck pain and abdominal swelling.

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Hesketh’s solicitor told the court the defendant’s GP had written to the DVLA advising that he had suffered “syncope” triggered by hypoglycemia.

The solicitor said: “He only had a banana that day and had not had lunch - due to the nature of his job he didn’t have time to eat properly.

“It’s not a case of him using his phone or driving aggressively - when he got in the car he felt fine.”

Hesketh’s solicitor said his client - a hotel manager travelling between several different sites as part of his work - had a “high pressure job” and “finds it difficult to find time to eat”.

He added: “He is genuinely remorseful and feels terrible about the incident.”

The court heard after the incident Hesketh was advised not to drive for a month by the DVLA - which he had complied with.

Hesketh, of Birches Lane, Alfreton, admitted driving without due care and attention.

He was fined £250, made to pay a £34 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. His licence was endorsed with five penalty points.

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