Grandad banned from road for hit-and-run crash in a CEMENT MIXER

A man has been banned from the roads for 12 months over a hit and crash in a cement mixer he was driving. Grandad Anthony Wiseman, 45, had previously escaped disqualification under the totting up procedure in December, 2020, after arguing he suffered from OCD and his children would be ‘hit financially’ by a driving ban. But a court heard he was witnessed on CCTV earlier this year crashing into a parked Vauxhall Corsa on a cement mixer he was driving as part of the construction of Everton Football Club’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

During the incident he was seen to check his own vehicle and ignore damage caused to the Corsa before driving off, magistrates heard.

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At Wirral magistrates court, Wiseman, from St Helens, Merseyside, tried to advance a new argument under exceptional hardship rules in a bid to avoid a ban, saying he needed his car to ferry his five year-old granddaughter to hospital for heart transplant appointments. His pleas, however, were rejected by the bench. Wiseman pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop and report an accident.

The collision occurred on January 21 at 8.25am, when Wiseman entered Highfield Street, Liverpool, on a revolving cement mixer. Matt Routley, prosecuting, said: “Mr Wiseman reverses along Highfield Street without taking care to check behind him for other road users or obstructions in the road, or use another person to guide him. The front of the vehicle swung around unfortunately causing damage to a parked car.”

Construction work at Bramley-Moore Dock

Mr Routley said the cement mixer continued to strike the car during and attempt to reverse and that once Wiseman realised he had collided with the Corsa, he pulled forward and completed the manoeuvre. “He got out of the vehicle first, checking his own vehicle then inspected the front of the Vauxhall,” the prosecutor said.

“The damage was extensive and visible. Mr Wiseman then walked off but returned five minutes later when he got back into the mixer and drove off. He made no attempt to locate the keeper or leave a note on the windscreen and he did not notify police within a 24-hour period.

The incident was captured on CCTV.” The court heard Wiseman still had 12 points on his licence and extra points would once again put him at risk of disqualification. Daniel Wardle, defending, argued his client should keep his licence as a ban would have a ‘massive impact’ on his employer’s business and his granddaughter needed him for medical appointments. “He was in a particularly heavy vehicle and he was not aware initially of damage caused,” Mr Wardle said.

“He was at a low speed and the defence would say there was little impact. The car was parked up, without any people in it and there were no injuries.” Wiseman himself said he had been working in his specialised role since January and his company was transporting cement to the site. “It’s not easy to train someone up,” he said. “It would take a couple of weeks.

If I lose my licence it is going to have a massive impact on the business. The boss drives the other truck so he would have to take time to train someone else to try and keep the business going.” Magistrates, however, rejected his exceptional hardship argument.

Eight points were added to his licence and he was banned from driving for 12 months, together with a fine of GBP461 and GBP156 costs. “The bar for the exceptional hardship is very high,” said chairman of the bench Christine Twist. “We’ve heard that your employer had seven drivers before and so we feel that your employer could employ another driver. “With regard to your granddaughter, in the event of an emergency the NHS would fly her to hospital and there would be other transport available.

We do not accept your exceptional hardship plea.” Ms Twist said the bench had watched CCTV of the incident and saw there were ‘several impacts’ to the Corsa.

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