Overtaking motorist crashed and drove off

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A motorist whose overtaking manoeuvre on the A6 caused a crash involving two other people, left the scene and failed to report the accident, a court heard.

Police officer Julie Shaw was on her way to work in Glossop at 9.30pm on August 28 when she saw headlights coming towards her on her side of the road as she drove along the A6 near the turn off for Peak Dale, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

She swerved to avoid a head-on collision and after striking the oncoming vehicle ended up mounting the kerb and going on to a grass verge, prosecutor John Cooper said.

She continued braking as she could see a stationary vehicle in front of her with a man sat inside but her vehicle didn’t stop in time and hit the stationary car, causing the other motorist to bang his head on the steering wheel.

The driver of the overtaking vehicle didn’t stop but was later traced and found to be Ryan Mark Andrew Appleby.

In interview, he said he had been overtaking two cars and suddenly saw headlights coming towards him and after colliding with Ms Shaw’s car, he panicked and drove off.

The 23-year-old, of Sherwood Road, admitted driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

Representing himself in court, he said: “I will accept responsibility for my actions. Not that it’s an excuse but I’ve never been in this situation in my life.”

Appleby was fined £244 for failing to stop and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £24 surcharge. There was no separate penalty on the other charges but was given nine points on his licence.