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Gorleston woman fined after admitting causing five vehicle crash

PUBLISHED: 16:46 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:53 26 September 2017

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A woman who admitted having caused a five car crash on the A47 has been fined.

Sarah Hanna, 50, had been driving a Land Rover Discovery on the Acle Straight near Great Yarmouth when she collided with a Peugeot car in front which had “braked suddenly”.

Norwich Magistrates Court heard the Peugeot car then struck a third vehicle, a Fiat Punto, which was in turn pushed into a fourth vehicle, a VW Passat, which then crashed into a VW Golf.

Damage was caused to all cars involved and slight injuries to people in two of the vehicles.

Hanna, of High Road, Gorleston, had previously admitted driving without due care and attention on February 2 this year as well as driving without insurance.

She appeared in court on Monday, September 22 so magistrates could consider a special reasons argument for not ordering an endorsement or disqualification.

Hanna told the court she believed she had been insured to drive the vehicle, which belonged to her ex-partner, either through her insurance or her former partner’s under third party provision.

But the court heard no such policy was in place for the defendant.

Giving evidence Hanna said it was a “huge shock” to find out she was not insured as she believed her own policy as well as that of her ex partner meant she would be “doubly covered”.

Magistrates accepted that Hanna did not deliberately drive with no insurance but said she had not done enough to prove that she had been misled into believing she was covered.

Hanna was fined £400 for driving with no insurance and £150 for careless driving.

She had eight penalty points put on her licence, was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

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