Learner driver's car "flipped" onto roof by careless motorist

Thursday, July 14, 2016


A motorist driving at 'quite a speed' crashed into a learner driver who was on a lesson resulting in the learners car being flipped and suffering from 'whiplash-type injuries'.


Rafia Naomi "clipped" the rear offside of the British School of Motoring (BSM) car as she overtook it on Fabian Way, near the Welsh Water plant.


Swansea Magistartes Court heard that the BSM over-turned and slid down the road before coming to a halt, with the pupil and his instructor freeing themselves from the vehicle.


An off-duty nurse and an off-duty fireman who were driving along the road rushed to assist the casualties.


In her interview with the police, Najmi allegedly claimed that her Mazda had "pulled" to one side and that she had tried to correct it. She had only owned the car for a matter of days before the incident.


Subsequent checks showed the 24-year-old had no insurance.


Julie Sullivan, prosecuting, said witnesses reported Naomi had been travelling "quite a speed" before drifting from her lane and "clipping" the side of the car.


Najmi, from Llanelli, south Wales, pleaded guilty to driving without due car and attention and to driving without insurance when she appeared before justices.


The court heard the Mazda had been examined following the crash, and no physical defects had been found.


BSM said: "It must have been frightening for our pupil and instructor."


Najmi was banned from driving for 24 months and fined a total of £240. She must also pay £105 in costs and surcharges.

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