Man guilty over lollipop lady crash

Salisbury Journal: Rhws Primary School, where a car flipped over leaving nine people injured, including five children Rhws Primary School, where a car flipped over leaving nine people injured, including five children

A motorist who knocked over a lollipop lady and a group of school children has been found guilty of driving without due care and attention.

Cardiff Magistrates Court heard Robert William Bell lost control of his M-reg Audi A4 at low speed outside Rhws Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, last year.

After hitting a bollard, the car then flipped on to its roof and slid across the road,

Horrified onlookers said they saw pedestrians "cartwheel" through the air - and the bloodied aftermath led Bell to fear he had killed three people.

Among the seriously injured was school crossing patroller Karin Williams, who was in hospital for 10 weeks after suffering broken legs, elbow, shoulder and ribs.

She said she saw the defendant with his arms outstretched and eyes wide open as his car veered across the road.

Diagnosed diabetic Bell blamed the accident on a severe coughing fit which caused him to lose consciousness.

District Judge Bodfan Jenkins agreed that the defendant had been coughing - but not badly enough that it caused him to pass out.

He said: "You failed to deal with it properly and as a result your foot ended up on the throttle instead of the brake.

"Your misjudgment had horrendous consequences.

"This is a tragic case for all those involved."

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