Car accident hits driver in pocket

A DRIVER who admitted causing a car to overturn on the A14 near Coddenham is more than £600 poorer today.Claire Goldberg, of Halford Court, Ipswich, admitted driving without due care and attention when she appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

A DRIVER who admitted causing a car to overturn on the A14 near Coddenham is more than £600 poorer today.

Claire Goldberg, of Halford Court, Ipswich, admitted driving without due care and attention when she appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Nigel Gilbert told magistrates Goldberg had been driving a Renault Megane when the accident happened immediately after she came off the A140 slip road at the Beacon Hill services.

The court heard the 43-year-old had a lorry and another car in front of her on the slip road when the incident occurred.


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Instead of waiting to overtake them after they got on to the A14 heading towards Ipswich, Mr Gilbert said Goldberg went round them and straight into the outside carriageway.

However another car was already in the right-hand lane when Goldberg's Megane moved into it.

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Mr Gilbert said her manoeuvre caused the driver to brake hard in order to avoid a collision. As a result of the motorist braking, his car went out of control and overturned. Despite rolling the vehicle, the stricken driver managed to escape uninjured.

In mitigation Goldberg, who represented herself, said she overtook the lorry she was following as it was moving into the slow lane of the A14 from the slip road.

She said: "I quickly looked in my mirror and moved into the fast lane to avoid colliding with him. I didn't see the car behind."

Anne Parry, chairman of the bench, told Goldberg her offence, which happened on July 24 last year, had posed a serious risk to safety.

Goldberg was given six penalty points on her licence, fined £600 and ordered to pay £56 costs.

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