A BUS driver who struck a bus shelter shattering the glass and causing broken shards to fall onto a member of the public was last week ordered to pay compensation, with Judge Catherine Staines applying the probation act.
David Lith, 35 Gleann na Smol, Old Bawn, Tallaght, was charged with careless driving and two counts of hit and run, at James Fintan Lawlor Avenue, Portlaoise, on July 10 last year.
Inspector Martin Harrington gave evidence that a bus being driven by Lith struck the bus shelter, shattering two sections of glass. The broken glass fell onto a man waiting at the shelter, with the injured party sustaining minor cuts.
Damage to the shelter was estimated at €260.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that 54-year-old Lith has been driving a bus for 21 years without any previous convictions.
On the day, he was driving from Dublin to Limerick and the sun was high in the sky, so the sun visor was down in the bus. Lith pulled in and let passengers alight from the bus, and as he was about to pull out he noticed a car approaching slowly on the exiting lane so he braked.
When Lith pulled out, he was unable to see the top of the shelter due to the sun visor and the collision occurred.
Mr Breen said that Lith got out of the bus immediately to check on the person in the shelter and there was a witness.
Mr Breen said that Lith did not remain at the scene as there were 15 schoolgirls on the bus putting him under pressure to continue on.
Lith rang his employer on route and the gardaí were then notified.
“He was traumatised himself,” said Mr Breen, adding that the incident was a very minor impact.
Lith was ordered to pay €400 compensation and Judge Catherine Staines applied the probation act.