A man driving a tractor at 30kmh on State Highway 6 at Wakapuaka turned towards a car, causing it to flip over onto its roof, the Nelson District Court heard yesterday
Leslie James Hollyman, 63, admitted driving carelessly after he drove his John Deere tractor into a car which was attempting to overtake him, prosecutor Ruth Thomas told the court.
The front wheel of the tractor clipped the passenger side of the victim's vehicle, causing her to lose control and the car flipped over onto its roof, where it slid into a water-filled ditch and then turned back upright, she said.
The car driver was trapped in her vehicle until emergency services could safely remove her and take her to Nelson Hospital.
She was treated for a bleed in her brain and severe bruising to her body. Hollyman told police he looked in both of his mirrors but failed to see the passing vehicle.
Defence lawyer Alan Heward said Hollyman went out of his way to meet the victim, so there was no need for restorative justice.
Judge Richard Russell said he appreciated that it was the defendant's first appearance and that it must have been a shock to be in court.
He accepted that the carelessness was at the lower end of the scale but the offending still had a significant impact on the victim.
He therefore had an obligation to the victim to consider all factors relevant to restorative justice, he said.
Hollyman was remanded without conviction until February 5 for the restorative justice process to be considered.
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