85 year old Freda will not have to re take driving test following accident in Wisbech
AN 85-year-old motorist who caused a road accident in Wisbech escaped a driving ban this week. Pensioner Freda Smith – who learned to drive in her father s Austin Seven and had kept a clean driving licence for 60 years – will not have to take a re-test be
AN 85-year-old motorist who caused a road accident in Wisbech escaped a driving ban this week.
Pensioner Freda Smith - who learned to drive in her father's Austin Seven and had kept a clean driving licence for 60 years - will not have to take a re-test before getting back behind the wheel of her Ford Fiesta.
Freda was on her way to the Dunelm store when she collided with a car at the junction of Cromwell Road and Weasenham Lane, Fenland magistrates were told.
"She shot straight out of the junction without stopping," said prosecutor Giles Beaumont.
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The Ford Fusion hit by the pensioner's car collided with a hedge, and a 4x4 vehicle was also damaged.
Mitigating, Alison Muir said: "She is devastated that her excellent driving record now has a black mark against it.
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"She enjoys good health, there is no medical condition that prevents her from driving, she is a fit person to drive."
The pensioner, of Prince Henry Place, Downham Market, was fined �100 after admitting a charge of careless driving. She was ordered to pay �35 costs and a �15 surcharge.