Driver fined for hitting walker

A MAN who ran into a pedestrian with his car because he thought he was being followed has faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court.

Corey John Herbert, 30, of Bargara pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving without a licence due to a SPER suspension.

The court heard Herbert had been travelling along Barolin Street and turned onto Bourbong Street, near the National Australia Bank, in his van when he collided with a 67-year-old male pedestrian.

The man was knocked to the ground, receiving grazes and bruises to his body and forehead.

Police from the CBD Shopfront were called to the incident along with a Queensland Ambulance Service crew.

Herbert told the officers he had been looking out the back of his vehicle for a portion of the trip because he believed someone who had threatened him was following him.

He said he was looking out the rear of the vehicle when he ran into the male pedestrian.

Police checks revealed his licence was SPER suspended.

He told officers he had received a letter regarding the suspension which he had not read properly.

He said there was no emergent reason for him to be driving and he was on his way to the hospital for dental reasons.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer told the court his client was remorseful about the events and he would lose his fruit picking job as a result of losing his licence.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts convicted and fined Herbert $600 and disqualified his licence for one month.



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