Driver who escaped deathly crash in court for dangerous driving

Tierney's car after the collision with a train in March 2009
Tierney's car after the collision with a train in March 2009
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A young driver has appeared in court on dangerous driving charges less than four years after a near death collision at a railway crossing.

Richard Tierney, 24, of Snainton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at York Crown Court after his car was spotted tearing along roads between Sherburn and Hutton Buscel.

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He also admitted a charge of doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice, which was put to him as result of claims made by Tierney that his Vauxhall Corsa had been stolen when it was spotted driving between the villages on unclassified roads and the A170 on March 13 this year.

Adjourning the case, and describing the driving as “bad”, Judge Stephen Ashurst imposed an interim driving ban on Tierney.

Granting him unconditional bail until the next hearing on November 12, The Recorder of York told Tierney that he should not read anything into the fact that bail was being granted and a pre-sentence report ordered.

The judge said that all options, including custody, would be open to the sentencing court.

However, he added that although Tierney may be at risk of such a sentence, he did note that he was not heavily convicted and also deserved maximum credit for his early pleas of guilty.

The court case comes two and half years after Tierney last appeared in court, when he was fined £350 and issued six penalty points for careless driving.

The charges resulted from a near death accident at West Knapton crossing on the B1258, in which Tierney smashed through the barriers and struck a train travelling at 60 miles per hour on the Malton to Scarborough line.

He managed to escape from the mangled wreck of his car with only minor injuries. The court heard Tierney had been driving directly into the sun as he approached the crossing.