Driver with no licence ran off after accident

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A DRIVER who had no licence ran off after smashing into the back of another car.

Kenneth Naisbitt crashed into the back of another car which stopped at the junction of a roundabout.

The 30-year-old got out of his Citroen Xantia to ask if the three women in the car in front were ok, but then fled.

Naisbitt appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, and driving without a licence and without insurance. The court heard that Shirley Taylor, who was with her daughter and a pal, heard a loud screech before Naisbitt’s car hit her Citroen C5 at the junction of Tempest Road, Princess Road and New Strangford Road in Seaham.

Jaxon Taylor, defending, said: “The fact is the prosecution’s case is that the driver of the vehicle did stop, did inquire as to the welfare of the occupants of the vehicle before then making off from the scene and left the vehicle in situ.

“Police inquiries were carried out and the defendant took part in an identity parade.”

Mr Taylor told magistrates that Naisbitt now has a provisional licence and is hoping to take his full test next month.

The court heard Ms Taylor later suffered aches and pains and went to Grindon medical centre for treatment and one of her passengers suffered whiplash.

The case was adjourned until April 16 when Naisbitt, of Station Road, Seaham, is due to be sentenced.