Motorist, 85, could be forced to re-take driving test after causing collision in Wisbech

AN 85-year-old motorist could be forced to re-take her driving test after admitting she caused a road accident in Wisbech. Freda Smith – who learned to drive in her father s Austin Seven – was on her way to the Dunelm store when she collided with a car at

AN 85-year-old motorist could be forced to re-take her driving test after admitting she caused a road accident in Wisbech.

Freda Smith - who learned to drive in her father's Austin Seven - was on her way to the Dunelm store when she collided with a car at the junction of Cromwell Road and Weasenham Lane.

That car was pushed into a fence, and the fence then collapsed on to a motorbike parked nearby, Fenland magistrates were told.

The pensioner, of Prince Henry Place, Downham Market, did not attend court but her solicitor entered a guilty plea to driving a Ford Fiesta without due care and attention on April 10.


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"She failed to stop at the junction, she pulled out into Cromwell Road and into the path of a Ford Fusion car," the court heard from prosecutor Laura Mardell.

"A passenger in her car suffered a broken collarbone, suffered a head injury that required stitches, a leg injury, and bruised ribs."

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When interviewed by police, Smith could give no explanation for the accident, saying she had "passed the junction before she realised what had happened".

Alison Muir, mitigating, said Smith had misjudged where the junction was.

"She has been driving for 60 years, she started driving in her father's Austin Seven, and is very upset her excellent driving record has ended," said Miss Muir. "She is sorry that other people were injured."

Sentencing was adjourned until October 27.

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