Ballyward man hit a telegraph pole after skidding on black ice

A young business development manager from Ballyward who braked on black ice and lost control of his car knocking down a telephone pole, has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

Brion Francis McConville, (25), from Ballyward Road was fined £250 and awarded four penalty points.

A PPS prosecutor explained how police attended a single vehicle road traffic accident on 7 February at Dickson’s Hill.

A small patch of slush was visible on the road and there was extensive frontal damage to McConville’s car.

The telegraph pole was broken in two.

McConville told police he had hit his brakes on an icy patch.

He said that when he left home he did not think the roads were very icy. He stressed that speed was not a factor but conceded that if he was travelling at a little less speed then he might not have needed to brake.

A solicitor said his client worked at MJM Marine as a business development manager and the accident had occurred at 9.30am when he was on his way to work.

He said McConville believed he was travelling at 40mph on a route he travels at least twice a day.

“He has a record and it is not great for a young man his age. He is at the beginning of a professional career and a letter from his employer refers to redundancy. He drives over 15,000 miles per year and has been driving since he was 17.”

Deputy District Judge Mr O’Hare said the fine and points as well as an offender’s levy of £15 should act as a “reminder to slow down.”