Our client was charged with multiple assault and driving offences following a traffic accident with a cyclist.
The allegations were that our client was driving on the road and stopped at lights when two cyclists came side by side taking up the lane. He tooted at them to notify them that they should be one deep so that he could drive past. One of the cyclists turned around, made a gesture, and there were later disputes as to what the gesture was. Soon the traffic lights changed and the vehicles set off. Our client tried to merge to the right and accidentally hit one of the cyclists as well as ran over the cyclist’s foot. The cyclist was significantly injured and incurred loss of work time as a result.
Our client was charged with several causing injury charges on grounds that he was aware of the likely dangerous consequences of what he did. He was also charged with reckless endangerment as the police saw a considerable risk in his conduct.
Bill Doogue acted on the client’s behalf at the Frankston Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:
- Reckless Driving Conduct Placing Person in Danger of Serious Injury
- Dangerous Driving
- Careless Driving
- Fail to Leave Sufficient Distance Behind a Vehicle
- Reckless Conduct Endangering Serious Injury
- Recklessly Cause Injury
During discussions with the prosecution, the police agreed to withdraw 5 charges and retained only the offence of Dangerous Driving. The court ultimately imposed a fine of $1,000 and our client’s licence was cancelled for 6 months.