HGV driver banned for hitting pedestrian at a red light in Dungannon

Dungannon Court  TT0509-JS112
Dungannon Court TT0509-JS112

A HGV driver was berated by a judge at Dungannon court for failing to stop at a red light, hitting a pedestrian as she crossed the road outside Dungannon Leisure Centre.

District Judge John Meehan questioned Kilrea man, Samuel Montgomery’s defence, when his lawyer told the court the full-beam lights on an oncoming car had dazzled him.

“How does that happen? Judge Meehan asked.

“That a person in a lorry cab gets dazzled at all by the lights on an oncoming saloon car.”

Montgomery, of Edenbane Road, Kilrea, was driving through Dungannon on the morning on January 12, 2015.

The court heard how he hit the pedestrian, a woman, at around 8.15am on Circular Road and that an ambulance was called to the scene.

Examining the evidence, Judge Meehan also raised concerns about the speed at which Montgomery was driving, as he was said to have hit the injured woman at a speed of between 15-20mph.

“If he was driving at a speed that was appropriate for a built up area, he would have been down to lower,” Meehan said.

“This is a flagrant act by a professional driver and he simply drives through the lights because he had seen no obstruction.”

Montgomery must pay fines totalling £315 and has also been disqualified from driving for three months.