Painful carpark encounter

The driver was 80 years old. The victim was aged 70. The crash was an odd, low velocity affair.

It happened on August 10, when Salko Krehic was driving very slowly in a carpark, looking for a park.

At the very end of the carpark, his car clipped a 70-year-old woman on the side of her body, knocking her down and breaking a bone in her hand and a rib.

Krehic, who has amassed no previous driving convictions at the age of 80, believed at the time that she had stepped out in front of him when it was too late to stop.

However, he pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing injury at an appearance before Judge Emma Smith in the Christchurch District Court.

The judge said he had made an error but he was very sorry for what had happened.

The woman victim felt sorry for him, too. She told police that he looked “frail and sad” and she wanted to make sure that he was okay.

“She doesn’t want you to lose your licence, but she wants you to get some help with your driving,” Judge Smith told the court.

Krehic was keen to meet the driver at a restorative justice session, but the woman had declined.

The court was told disqualification would be a hardship for Krehic because he was the driver for his wife, and their son, but the judge said she was required to take his licence under the legislation.

She disqualified him for six months and ordered him to pay $182 reparations to the woman he knocked down. She imposed no fine.

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