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Driver who knocked down four cyclists disqualified

Wednesday 17 Feb 2010 4:10 p.m.

A driver who knocked down four cyclists on a popular Auckland waterfront road last year has lost her licence and must pay the victims reparation.

Jennifer Speakman, 20, was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay $1000 reparation to each of the cyclists she bowled over when she was sentenced in Auckland District Court today.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of careless driving causing injury.

A spokesman for the cyclists, John Carter, said the amount of the reparation was too lenient.

Speakman would not comment as she left the court.

The charges came after she collided with the cyclists while trying to enter Tamaki Drive from Cliff Road in St Heliers early in the morning on September 26 last year.

Tamaki Drive, which runs for about 10km along the Waitemata Harbour waterfront, from near the city centre to St Heliers Bay, is the busiest cycle route in Auckland, but its popularity also makes it among the most dangerous.

NZPA

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