An Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS) student was slapped with a $1,000 fine after his negligence nearly cost him his life and that of others on January 19.
The minor, whose name is being withheld to protect his identity, pleaded guilty to driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving an uninsured vehicle, driving without a driver’s license and driving without the front and back identification plates.
Magistrate Ayanna Baptiste-DaBreo ordered the youngster to pay the sum by October 23.
A breakdown of the penalty shows the offender receiving a $100 fine for driving an unlicensed vehicle, $500 for the offence of driving an uninsured car, $200 for driving without a driver’s license, and another $200 for driving without front and back identification plates.
What the court heard happened
The court heard that about 8:21 am on the day in question, the accused teen was driving in an easterly direction in the Pockwood Pond area on a motor scooter.
His lack of attention on the road reportedly caused his scooter to collide with a jeep that was making a right turn into the R&R Malone Complex, the court heard.
The court heard that the collision caused him to be thrown off the bike and sustain serious injuries while the scooter, which went in the opposite direction, burst into flames.
Police officers arrived on the scene shortly after and launched an investigation.
He was subsequently charged with the aforementioned offences.
Lucky to be alive
Magistrate DaBreo told the teenager he is “lucky to be alive”.
The court then told the young offender’s father, who was present in court, to discipline his son and ensure that he pays the fines.
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