Woman involved in Prince Philip crash banned from driving for speeding offences
PUBLISHED: 07:27 29 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:31 29 May 2019
A woman who criticised the Duke of Edinburgh after his Sandringham car crash left her with a broken wrist has been fined and banned from driving for six months over four unconnected earlier motoring offences.
Emma Fairweather was a passenger in a Kia car which collided with Prince Philip's Land Rover Freelander on January 17 this year.
The 46-year-old, who called for the Duke to be prosecuted if found to be at fault, was sentenced in her absence at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court for two counts of speeding and two of failing to identify the driver of a Volkswagen Golf alleged to have been guilty of an offence last year.
The Volkswagen Golf was caught exceeding the 30mph limit by a speed camera in Taverham, Norfolk on July 14 2018 and on August 29 2018, according to court papers.
It was recorded at 38mph on the first occasion and at 39mph on the second.
The offences of failing to identify the driver are alleged to have happened on August 21 2018 and October 3 2018.
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A court official said Fairweather entered guilty pleas to the four offences in writing and she was sentenced behind closed doors on Tuesday under the single justice procedure.
Fairweather, of Friars Street, Heacham, Norfolk was fined a total of £450 for the four offences, banned from driving for six months and ordered to pay £115 in costs, the court official said.
The 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh said he was dazzled by low sun as he pulled out onto the busy A149 in Norfolk and collided with a Kia on January 17 this year.
A nine-month-old baby boy in the Kia was unhurt, but both Fairweather and the driver were treated in hospital.
The Duke later surrendered his driving licence and the Crown Prosecution Service said he faces no further action.
After January's crash Fairweather described her upset that no-one from the royal family had contacted her to offer an apology.
She then branded Prince Philip "highly insensitive and inconsiderate" after he was seen driving without a seatbelt 48 hours after the crash.
His car flipped over during the incident and he was rescued by a passing motorist.