Stressed out driver fled crash scene

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A motorist who had just learned his father-in-law had passed away failed to stop after he was involved a road traffic collision.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, June 3, how Stephen Yeo, 48, of Springfield Road, Barlow, Dronfield, had been driving to his wife because he had just received a call to say her father had died.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Mahon said: “The complainant was driving along Newbold Road and started turning on to Cutthorpe Road, stopped behind a van to let traffic pass and overtook the van to turn into Holme Park Avenue when Yeo’s car overtook her, collided with her front driver’s side wing and mounted a verge. Her son and daughter suffered whiplash and her vehicle had damage to the bodywork and steering.”

The court heard how Yeo’s vehicle suffered a burst tyre after the accident in May but he drove away, parked his vehicle and walked to a pub where he called police to the report the accident.

Defence solicitor Bertie Mather said: “Mr Yeo had been waiting at home to hear from his wife and he received the call his father-in-law had passed away in a hospice. He was driven by the fact he wanted to get to his wife. Mrs Yeo had been made redundant and their son had been in hospital and stress may have led to poor judgment.”

Yeo pleaded guilty to failing to stop and driving without due care and attention. Magistrates disqualified Yeo from driving for six months. He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay a £25 victim surcharge.