Van toppled by out of control car

PUBLISHED: 10:17 15 February 2007 | UPDATED: 13:51 04 May 2010

A CAMPER van was tipped on its side after being hit by a high performance car driven by Ely man Anthony Smith. Smith was behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza when he lost control of the vehicle in Ely, city magistrates heard on Thursday. The car, which i

A CAMPER van was tipped on its side after being hit by a high performance car driven by Ely man Anthony Smith.

Smith was behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza when he lost control of the vehicle in Ely, city magistrates heard on Thursday.

"The car, which is light and fast, was being driven along Kings Avenue at high speed when the driver lost control, crossed on to the opposite lane and collided head on with a camper van," said prosecutor Matthew Bradbury.

"An eye witness saw the vehicle accelerate hard, making a lot of noise, there was a screech of brakes and a loud bang."

Camper van driver Timothy Fisher told police that Smith's car had slid into his vehicle, pushing it into a kerb before it toppled over.

Smith, 24, of Columbine Road, Ely, admitted careless driving, and told the court he was driving between 30 and 40 mph at the time of the accident. He had told police there may have been a problem with his car's brakes.

"Since the crash I have lost my job and my home," he said. "It has cost me financially, I have nothing, and I will be paying for it for a long time. I am sorry, it was a mistake."

Smith was fined £65 with £50 costs and six points were endorsed on his licence.

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