Car crash driver apologises to victim

A CAR crash victim suffered a stroke after another driver ploughed into his vehicle.Pedro Pereira, 33, of Cowell Street, Ipswich, hit the accelerator instead of the brake and crashed into the car in Chevalier Street.

A CAR crash victim suffered a stroke after another driver ploughed into his vehicle.

Pedro Pereira, 33, of Cowell Street, Ipswich, hit the accelerator instead of the brake and crashed into the car in Chevalier Street.

Pereira appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates where he admitted careless driving on August 25.

He apologised in court after hearing the victim was hospitalised for five days and was unable to work after the accident.


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Pereira was travelling from Bramford Lane when his Honda Civic hit a vehicle at the junction with Chevalier Street, said prosecutor Margaret Cutts.

Ms Cutts told magistrates Pereira had failed to stop at give way lines and collided with the other vehicle.

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The injured man was a passenger in the car driven by his wife who was travelling from Yarmouth Road direction to Hadleigh to visit relatives.

After the smash the victim was taken to Ipswich hospital for treatment and wore a neck collar for the next three weeks, the court heard.

In police interview Pereira said he was driving along Bramford Road when he saw a speed bump.

Ms Cutts said: "He went to put his foot on the brake but hit his foot on the accelerator and overshot the junction.

"As a consequence the passenger (of the other car) exacerbated a pre-existing neck injury and sustained a slight stroke."

Ms Cutts read a statement from the victim, a self-employed driver, which said the accident affected him financially.

The statement read: "Before the accident I led a full and active life and I am unable to drive now."

The court heard the injured man was a season ticket Ipswich Town Football spectator and has been unable to go to the matches since.

Representing himself, Pereira said: "I just want to apologise.

"I did not manage to stop my car because my foot was wet and slipped from the brake to the accelerator.

"I crashed into the car of the older couple. Their car suffered as a result of the paramedics taking them out."

Magistrates fined Pereira £100 and ordered three points to be put on his driving licence. He was also ordered to pay £50 costs.

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