OAP driving on footpath hits girl, 7

Ian Stewart. Picture: Vic Rodrick
Ian Stewart. Picture: Vic Rodrick
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A PENSIONER knocked a seven-year-old girl off her scooter while he was driving on a footpath.

Even though Ian Stewart was driving slowly in first gear, his Nissan Qashqai Visia car sent the youngster flying.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard the schoolgirl, who was playing on the path with a friend, suffered bruising to her right shin when she fell to the ground.

She ran home and her mother called the police, who later traced the vehicle at Stewart’s home nearby.

Catherine Knowles, prosecuting, said the girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was riding her scooter along the path with a friend chasing behind her on another scooter in April this year.

Ms Knowles said: “The complainer struck the front nearside wheel arch, causing her to fall off. When police checked the vehicle for damage they noted the wheel arch had damage consistent with the height of the scooter handle.”

Stewart, 66, of Davidson Way, Livingston, pleaded guilty yesterday to driving without due care and attention near his home on April 8 this year.

Neil Stewart, defending, said his client had a clean driving licence and had never previously made an appearance before the courts.

He said Stewart’s neighbours and council vehicles often used the path as a shortcut.

He added: “He advises as a result of this incident he’s learned a lesson and it won’t be his intention to use that pathway for vehicle access again.”

Mr Stewart said Stewart had been out of work since suffering serious injuries after being assaulted and was only pocketing benefits.

Sheriff Martin Edington fined the pensioner £90, ordered him to pay his victim £75 compensation and added four penalty points to his driving licence.

He told Stewart during yesterday’s hearing: “It seems to me this was a very unfortunate accident.

“I’m prepared to take into account that you were driving very slowly.

“I think you need to take particular care driving in such an area.”