Woman fined £130 after opening her car door and injuring a cyclist

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A woman from Northampton has been fined £130 after she admitted opening her car door and injuring a cyclist.

Tracey McGarrigle, of King Edward Road, Abington, Northampton, opened the door of her Volkswagen Golf in Billing Road on July 8 just before cyclist Stephen Evans was about to go past her vehicle.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard the cyclist suffered a chest injury after he fell off his bike when he collided with the car door.

The court heard there was no opportunity for the cyclist to swerve out of the way of the car door.

McGarrigle, who did not attend court, pleaded guilty to a charge of opening a vehicle door so as to injure a person.

She also pleaded guilty to a charge of holding a driving licence in which the name ceased to be correct and failing to provide details of the alterations made to the name.

Magistrates fined McGarrigle £133 for each offence. She must also pay £35 costs and the victim surcharge of £20.

It is rare for a person to be charged with the offence of using a vehicle door to injure or endanger a person.

The offence is listed under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.