A delivery driver who knocked over a woman while she looked down at her phone in Morrisons supermarket car park has kept his licence and job.
Neil Jamieson didn’t look around him as he drove through the disabled bays at the King Street supermarket car park and knocked the woman to the ground with his van.
The woman suffered a fractured wrist that was later treated at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Jamieson worked as a delivery driver for AAH pharmaceutical company and had been delivering medication to the supermarket, Aberdeen Sheriff Court was told.
The 48-year-old had been leaving the car park at 1.30pm on August 28 last year.
‘He struck her with his vehicle’
Fiscal depute Tom Procter told the court the whole incident was caught on CCTV and Jamieson had held his hands up at the earliest opportunity.
“He struck the woman with his vehicle and stopped immediately to check on the welfare of the complainer,” he said.
“She asked him what he had been doing and he told her he hadn’t looked properly.”
He admitted a charge of careless driving and told police officers at the time: “It was totally my fault. I looked one way and by then time I looked back she was there”.
Defence agent Andrew Ormiston said the dad would lose his job if he lost his licence.
“The family unit relies on his income,” he said. “In future, he will ensure he complies with whatever road markings are set out in public car parks.
“He is a key worker given the role he plays is driving pharmaceuticals to various establishments such as pharmacies and hospitals.
“That’s what he had been doing at the time.”
Spared a roads ban
He added it was a “low-speed” collision and the woman had been looking down at her phone as she walked through the disabled bay area.
He added that Jamieson was “extremely sorry and remorseful” and showed a letter of reference from his employer of four years.
Sheriff Ian Miller said it was to his credit that a guilty plea had been made at the first opportunity.
He fined Jamieson, of Spey Road, Aberdeen, £300 and handed him four penalty points.
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