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Driving ban for student over accident that injured girl (3)

By Nevin Farrell

A university student who pulled out on to a road near her home, causing a collision which caused serious injuries to several people, including a three-year-old girl, has been banned from driving for 14 months and fined £750.

Cara Ferguson (22), of Fermoyle Road in Macosquin near Coleraine, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily injury to the child by driving without due care and attention at Windyhill Road.

A prosecutor said two vehicles were extensively damaged during the incident on August 27, 2015, and the defendant, who suffered a broken pelvis, and three people in the other vehicle were all taken to hospital. The driver of the other car had two fractures; the front seat passenger was also injured and the three-year-old girl, a rear-seat passenger, suffered an injury to her pancreas.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth told Coleraine Magistrates Court Ferguson had a clear record and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Judge King said he was familiar with the "dangerous stretch of road" and said it was a "tragic accident due to momentary inattention".

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