“You are a very lucky man to be with us today,” said Judge Kevin P Kilrane prior to striking out a charge of careless driving against Allen Field, Croughevoe, Mitchelstown, Co Cork at Carrick-on-Shannon District Court.
Giving summary evidence Insp Denis Harrington said at 6.25pm on August 19, 2017 the defendant was driving a motorcycle that was in a collision with a car. The defendant was travelling eastbound on the N4 at Faulties, Dromod.
Insp Harrington said the defendant was travelling on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when he touched the brakes to avoid a collision with vehicles at a junction resulting in a skidmark of 26 metres. The defendant was thrown onto the bonnet of a car.
Addressing the court Mr Field, 58, said he has been driving motorcycles since he was 17 and was a commercial flight instructor for over 20 years.
Outlining the events of the date in question Mr Field said, “There were four of us together. The three ahead had come to a stop, turning right.
“I put my foot on the brake and it fishtailed. I looked in the mirror, there were cars to the left.
“If I kept going I would have killed the lad ahead. I had to let the brake off and correct the skid.”
Mr Field said he had to go right of the motorbikes ahead resulting in him crashing. “It threw me onto the bonnet and windscreen of the car,” he recalled.
Mr Field said he sustained a broken leg, broken hand and broken ribs.
Insp Harrington confirmed the defendant’s driving licence and insurance were in order.
Judge Kilrane dismissed the charges against Mr Field.