Driver will take extra care after crash

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A TEENAGER who crashed into another vehicle after mistakenly jumping a red light has narrowly missed having to take a re-test.

Isha Pilbeam was travelling from Eastbourne to Seaford when the collision happened by the traffic lights between Summerdown Road and Victoria Drive.

Eastbourne magistrates heard the 19-year-old thought the light was green when the incident occurred.

The motorist who was struck said her vehicle was hit on the right side.

An eyewitness said they saw Pilbeam, a fairly new driver, travel through the red light.

Pilbeam pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention.

In an email to the court the defendant, of Madan Road, Westerham, Kent, said she thought the light was green but said her memory was not 100 per cent reliable. The statement added that her licence was important to her especially for her career.

Addressing the court Pilbeam, a retail floor manager, said, “I would like to apologise to everyone.

“It is important to me, without my licence I wouldn’t be able to go to work.

“I would struggle on public transport as they do require me sometimes to go to other stores.

“I really need my car to get to physio appointments.

“I would like to assure you I will take extra care and will learn from this.”

Pilbeam received five penalty points and was fined £200. She must also pay a £15 victim surcharge and £43 costs.