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Crash rider ordered to pay compensation to victim and put off road for three years

A man involved in two separate crashes was banned from the roads for three years this week.

Ashon Hart, 21, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to a motorcyclist and drink driving.

Magistrates’ Court heard that Hart, from Southampton, was riding his motorcycle along Angle Street in Hamilton when he failed to stop at a traffic sign and collided with another rider, as well as a parked car.

The court heard that the victim suffered a fractured rib and collarbone and that his motorcycle had “extensive frontal damage”.

The handlebars of Hart’s motorbike were broken in the collision.

The court heard Hart and the victim were taken to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police questioned Hart at the hospital and he told them he had had “a couple of beers”.

Officers asked for a sample of blood for testing and Hart agreed.

The test showed that Hart had 147 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg/100ml.

The incident happened on August 2 last year.

Hart pleaded guilty on August 16 to causing grievous bodily harm through drink driving.

He told the court then that he gave the victim almost $5,000 in compensation and a letter of apology and the case was adjourned.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo on Monday fined Hart $500 in addition to the ban.

He was also ordered to pay another $2,000 to the injured man.

Mr Tokunbo told him: “I understand that you’ve written an apology letter and that you’re remorseful.

“It’s a hard lesson to learn – he could have died and you could have died.”

In a separate case, Hart pleaded guilty on Monday to careless driving of a motorbike on July 4.

The court heard that he overtook traffic on Middle Road in Warwick and collided with a car.

The driver suffered a “muscle strain” and Hart was cut on his face.

Hart was fined $800 for the offence.

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