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High speed and bad weather caused crash
12:00pm Sunday 19th August 2012 in News
A FACTORY worker pleaded guilty to driving a car without due care and attention when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court .
Armands Gruznovs, of East Street, Arboretum, admitted causing an accident by not adjusting his speed to compensate for the poor weather conditions in Tenbury Wells on November 22, 2011.
Gruznovs had left work and was travelling home in his Citroen Saxo along the A456 at Newnham Bridge when he lost control of the vehicle, crossing the centre line of the road and colliding with an oncoming vehicle, the court was told.
Matt Dodson, prosecuting, said Gruznovs had taken a right-hand bend at between 40 to 50mph on the national speed limit road.
He got out of his car immeditaely and checked whether the victim was okay.
When asked whose fault it was, he said: “My fault I guess because I was on your side of the road. I was going slow because of the wet but if I was going 20mph I probably could have stopped.”
The other driver suffered whiplash and his car was written off.
Gruznovs, who holds a Latvian driving licence, told the court: “I really tried to stop. I did everything not to make a crash.”
He said he had no penalty points and had never been in trouble for driving offences before. The 22-year-old was fined £200 and ordered to pay £60 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.