Man blames sun for three-car shunt

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A MOTORIST has been fined £1,300 after crashing into the back of a car – injuring the driver and badly damaging the vehicle.

The victim suffered neck pain and headaches and received hospital treatment after Ioan Andrej Rus crashed into his car, smashing the back window.

Outlining the case in the Magistrate’s Court, St Brelade Centenier Amanda Wright, prosecuting, said three cars had been driving slowly down La Haule Hill

on the morning of 10 May, with Rus following behind them.

When they stopped at the junction, Rus failed to apply his brakes in time and collided with the back of the car in front.

The driver felt a large impact and the car was shunted forward, hitting the back of the second car in the queue, which then moved forward hitting the one at the front. Those two vehicles sustained only minor damage.

Rus said he had been dazzled by bright sunshine filtering through the trees, obscuring his vision of the road ahead, the court heard.

Advocate Frances Littler, defending, said that Rus had no previous convictions, and added: ‘This is his one and only time before the Magistrate’s Court.’

The Magistrate, Bridget Shaw, accepted that Rus was travelling slowly but said the injury to the other driver was an aggravating feature.

She said of the dazzling sunshine: ‘That is something you need to adapt your driving to take account of.’

In addition to the fine she endorsed his licence for three years.

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