Crash teens sorryfor their actions

Date: Friday 22nd June 2018

TWO teenagers from Shap have appeared in court after one allowed his friend to drive without a licence, resulting in her crashing the car.

Abigail Westhorpe (18), and Kyle Benson (18), of separate addresses at Parkers Croft, appeared together at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Benson, who was the owner of the Vauxhall Corsa, pleaded guilty to permitting his vehicle to be driven otherwise than in accordance with a licence and without insurance.

Westhorpe pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, without insurance, and without due care and attention.

The court heard from Mr Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, that the incident took place in Sainsbury’s car park, New Squares, Penrith, around 8pm on 23rd February.

Westhorpe had been driving the Vauxhall Corsa, with Benson as a passenger, and crashed into a concrete pillar.

Sainsbury’s staff contacted police who attended. The vehicle was classed as a “write off” by insurers and Westhorpe suffered a minor injury in the crash.

In police interviews Benson claimed he had been on the phone when the crash happened. He said it had been a shared idea for her to drive, despite her only having a provisional licence.

Westhorpe claimed she had been “egged on” by friends to drive. She said Benson had grabbed the wheel immediately before the impact but they were unable to avoid the barrier.

Neither was represented by a solicitor in court, and both said they were sorry for their actions. Benson added that it had been a “stupid mistake”, and both had references handed in to the court.

The magistrates imposed eight points on Westhorpe’s driving licence and fined her £140. She must also pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. Benson was given six penalty points and fined £227. He must pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. As a new driver the DVLA will now revoke his licence.