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Thursday 17 January 2019

Jeep knocked down elderly pedestrian

AN ELDERLY pedestrian was hit by a jeep's wing mirror as she was crossing a pedestrian crossing in a shopping centre car park, a court heard.

Tina Robertson (49) had stopped to allow the victim to cross the road, but did not realise that her car, a black Land Rover, was so big.

A court heard that Robertson works for the Six Nations and British & Irish Lions and was driving a courtesy car at the time.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell convicted and fined Robertson €250. The judge did not ban her from driving.

The defendant, of St Martin's, Old Bray Road, Co Dublin, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to careless driving.

She was originally accused of dangerous driving but admitted to careless driving after the State said it would accept a plea to the lesser offence.

The incident took place at the car park of the Frascati Shopping Centre in Blackrock on May 25, 2013.

Garda Claire Jackman said the victim was crossing a pedestrian crossing at Frascati Shopping Centre when a 131-registered black Land Rover, hit her on her side.

Gda Jackman said the victim fell to the ground.

The court heard that the defendant got out of the car to help the victim and comforted her.

Gda Jackman said the incident was caught on CCTV cameras, and the pedestrian crossing, which had flashing beacons, was in the middle of the shopping centre.

The victim did not require hospitalisation and her injuries were not serious.

The court heard that Robertson has never been in trouble before.

Her defence lawyer said that Robertson had stopped her car to allow the victim to cross the pedestrian crossing.

Robertson started to move her vehicle when the woman was three quarters of the way across, but she struck her with her wing mirror.

The court heard that Robertson, a mother of three, works part time for the Six Nations and British & Irish Lions and she was driving a new car, which was a courtesy car.

The lawyer claimed she did not realise the size of the Land Rover.

He asked the judge to leave Robertson without a conviction, saying the matter has already been resolved in the civil courts.

Fining Robertson, Judge O'Donnell said leaving her without a conviction was "a step too far".

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