Pedestrians’ ‘miracle’ escape as speeding driver mounts pavement

July 21, 2014

It was a miracle that no one was seriously injured during an incident of dangerous driving in Crossmaglen Square recently, local Councillor Terry Hearty has claimed.

On the afternoon of July 13th, the driver of a black BMW was careering around the town centre, performing ‘doughnuts’ on the busy street when his vehicle spun out of control and crashed into a parked car, narrowly missing a number of pedestrians.

Substantial damage was caused to the parked vehicle and the offending driver left the scene before being apprehended.

Witnesses reported the BMW, which was allegedly fitted with false number plates, being driven erratically at high speed around the town square, causing other drivers to mount the footpath to avoid a collision.  It has been described as one of the worst cases of reckless driving ever seen in the area.

Sinn Fein’s Terry Hearty slammed the behaviour of the offending driver and said people should report such incidents to the police.

“It is a miracle that there was nobody killed or seriously injured as this driver’s actions forced other motorists to drive up on the footpath where pedestrians were going about their normal activities,” he said.

“Sunday afternoon is a busy time for the town with many families out for a meal or a few drinks.  This driver showed absolutely no regard for people in Crossmaglen and it is sad that young men in particular think it is impressive to drive in this way.

“We cannot allow this type of behaviour in our community and I would appeal to anyone who sees this type of driving taking place to contact the PSNI or give me a call on 086 8165217.  Doing this could save someone’s life,” he added.

The owner of the vehicle into which the driver of the BMW crashed, damaging the rear bumper and tail light, estimates it will take around £300 to repair.

Police are investigating the incident and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

In light of this most recent episode, they have issued a warning to young drivers to act responsibly when in control of a car or face prosecution for driving offences.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said officers are working to address such activities of dangerous driving and urge anyone who witnesses such incidents to note the registration of the offending vehicles and contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Appealing to young drivers to desist from such activity, the spokesperson said: “Police would always appeal to young drivers to act responsibly when in control of a car. This type of activity can have a very negative impact on the local community. Those who engage in these activities may regard them as fun but this is not shared by the people who have to endure this type of selfish behaviour.

“Driving on the public road brings with it certain responsibilities: to the drivers and passengers; to their families and friends; and to the community as a whole. These responsibilities should not be taken lightly. It is important to point out that drivers should expect to receive a fine or worse, prosecution through the courts, should they be detected engaging in careless or dangerous driving or modifying their vehicle illegally.”