Army mechanic knocked down woman

A PORTLAOISE man has been fined for knocking down a pedestrian after going through a red light.

A PORTLAOISE man has been fined for knocking down a pedestrian after going through a red light.

John Burroughs, an army mechanic who lives at 15 Rathevan Close, Portlaoise, was charged with careless driving at Colliers Lane, Portlaoise, on January 22 this year.

Inspector Martin Smethers gave evidence that a woman at the pedestrian crossing was struck by Burroughs’ car at 6.50pm, after he went through the red light.

She was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm, but fortunately she only suffered bad bruising.

Defence said that Burroughs did not observe the woman until it was too late due to a momentary lapse in concentration. The injured party had sustained soft tissue damage and Burroughs wished to apologise. Defence explained that Burroughs remained at the scene following the collision and telephoned both the ambulance and the gardaí. Burroughs also telephoned the hospital to see if the woman was okay but she did not wish to talk to him.

Defence said that Burroughs is an army mechanic who relies upon his driving licence for work. Defence explained that a civil court hearing is set to deal with the issue of compensation to the injured party.

Burroughs was convicted and fined €400.