75-year-old man banned from driving after hitting pedestrian
A 75-year-old motorist driving through Wells mounted the pavement at The Liberty and struck a pedestrian, Frome magistrates heard last week.
Alan Denham, of Boundary Close, Midsomer Norton admitted driving without due care and attention in his Vauxhall Vectra on July 22.
After a medical examination soon after the accident, Mr Denham's doctor concluded that he may well have fallen asleep at the wheel.
A 44-year-old man walking along the pavement sustained head and leg injuries when he was struck by the Vectra.
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Crown prosecutor Emma Chetland said a witness had seen the vehicle veer onto the pavement, scuff a wall and hit the pedestrian.
Mr Denham told magistrates he had been driving back from the Cheddar Garden Centre with his wife.
They had had lunch together, with only coffee to drink, and had been driving towards Radstock through Wells.
"I went round the roundabout and was going up the road when I heard my wife scream at me," he told the bench.
He said if he had fallen asleep while driving, it had never happened before or since.
His doctor had suggested that it could have been a late after-effect of a course of chemotherapy that had ended ten months before the accident.
Mr Denham was ordered to retake his driving test, and disqualified from driving until he had passed it.
He was fined £65 with a £15 victim surcharge.