A DRIVER who caused a three-vehicle smash when he overtook on a dangerous stretch of road has walked free from court.
Adam Rees had been trying to keep up with a car that was carrying colleagues to a Go kart track event when he performed the dangerous manoeuvre on the brow of a hill on the A690 at Stoneygate in Houghton last September.
You are fortunate indeed that no one was killed. The fact no one was killed is perhaps remarkable.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the first car the 25-year-old hit was “rolled” by the collision and the second flipped on to its side.
Judge John Evans said it was “pretty miraculous” nobody was seriously injured or killed in the smash.
The court heard a passenger in the first car that was hit needed ongoing treatment and her 13-month old son has been referred to a pediatric psychiatrist because of the effects the crash had on him.
Rees, of Cornland Close, Stockton, admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work, a two-year road ban and an order to pay £2,000 compensation to the injured woman.
Judge Evans told him: “You are fortunate indeed that no one was killed. The fact no one was killed is perhaps remarkable. There is no suggestion, up to that point, that you had been driving badly and it is, therefore, a momentary aberration on your part, albeit, it had serious consequences.
“It is hoped this is the first time and the last time a court sees you.”
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court the accident happened shortly after lunchtime at the point of a blind summit which is marked with signs which ban overtaking.
One of the drivers in the cars that were hit said it is safer to travel below the speed limit on that stretch due to the danger of the summit. Rees had been travelling about the speed limit at an estimated 65-70mph.
Mr Bunch said: “He said he had been in convoy with others and when one car initially overtook he was the one that was following. He was not familiar with the road and did not wish to lose the car he was following. He said he was not aware it was a blind summit and said he had not seen the solid white line or no overtaking signs.”
Yvonne Taylor, defending, said: “The best way to describe it is a momentary lapse of judgement by Mr Rees which resulted in the consequences were are aware of.
“He has to live with the consequences, as do the other people in the other vehicles.
“It will stay with him for the rest of his life.”