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25/09/2021

Derry teenager who caused five vehicle crash on Christmas Eve receives six month ban and is fined £250

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A Derry teenager who lost control of his car and caused a five vehicle crash on Christmas Eve has been banned from the road for six months. Appearing before Limavady Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with driving without due care and attention, was Ethan Killen, of Cornshell Fields. The court heard that the 19 year-old was driving a Volkswagen Bora which collided with a caravan on the Ballyquin Road, Limavady on December 24 last year. Three other vehicles were involved in the smash which happened after Killen’s vehicle lost control as it came around a left hand bend. The court heard that the engine of Killen’s Bora dislodged from the chassis of the vehicle and was found some distance away from the car. Witnesses told police that Killen was ‘travelling too fast’ prior to the collision. During interview, the defendant claimed that he had braked and the vehicle ‘slid across the road’. Killen’s solicitor, Keith Kyle, said his client claimed that a silver car had pulled out in front of him which forced him into taking ‘emergency action’. He said that, coupled with his client’s ‘inexperience’, and road conditions, meant that his driving ‘fell below the required standard’ on the date in question. District Judge Peter King said it was ‘very fortunate’ that Killen wasn’t facing an allegation of causing grievous bodily injury. Judge King said it was ‘concerning’ that this was Killen’s third driving conviction before handing down a six month disqualification. In addition, he was fined £250.

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