Poor English blamed for man failing to stop and report damage

POOR English was given as the reason why a foreign national did not stop and report the damage caused when his car hit a parked car on Carlton Road, magistrates heard.

Marius Rucinskas, of Langrick Road, Boston, claimed he was bending over to retrieve a cigarette which had dropped on the floor when he bumped into a car on January 21, causing damage in several places and pushing the car into a wall and a lampost, said Jim Clare, prosecuting. However, he did not stop to inform the owners of the accident.

He added that the owner of the car had reported hearing an ‘almighty crash’ when her car was hit, and Rucinskas’ car, which suffered minor damage, was later spotted driving along Fenside Road.

Mr Clare said: “He said he left the scene because he was scared of what would happen. A few days later he said he went to the house and gave his details to the people there.”

Rucinskas, 35, pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and driving without due care and attention when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Unrepresented by a solicitor, he told the court through an interpreter: “I was scared and I was stressed. I don’t speak good enough English and I thought I would find a friend who speaks better English and come back and speak to those people in a few days.”

Magistrates decided to endorse his driving licence with seven points, and fined him a total of £340. He also has to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.