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Loose planks of wood severely injured pedestrian
3:08pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A PEDESTRIAN was left with severe head injuries after unsecured planks of wood fell from a turning truck.
Driver Stephen Szpytma, 43, of Stoneleigh Park, Colchester, was turning round a mini roundabout on Hythe Hill when the wood swung out across the pavement.
Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday the wood caught a pedestrian walking on the pavement on the back of their right leg.
He fell to the floor and banged the back of his head on the ground.
The court heard the man suffered a fractured skull and severe bruising and is suffering from memory problems.
He cannot remember the incident, which happened on July 1.
Szpytma, who owns SP Scaffolding, in Gosbecks Road, admitted by post using a vehicle with danger of injury due to the security of a load.
He was not in court for the hearing.
In a letter to the court he said he had checked the wood on the back of his vehicle before he left his yard.
He said: “I deeply regret the incident.”
Chair of the Bench Jacky Froggatt adjourned the case and asked for Szpytma to attend the next hearing.
Ms Froggatt said they were considering disqualifying Szpytma from driving.
He will next appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 31.
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