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Van driver knocked down father and son in Dundee

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption The court was told Mohamed Nazir had previously suffered from epilepsy

A shopkeeper who passed out at the wheel of his van mounted a pavement and knocked down a man and his 10-year-old son, a court heard.

Mohamed Nazir was at the wheel of the van in heavy traffic on Dundee's Princes Street when the incident occurred on 22 December last year.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told the boy sustained bruising to his face and broken teeth.

Nazir, 48, was fined £200 after admitting a charge of careless driving.

Dental injuries

Depute fiscal John Adams told the court Nazir was travelling at approximately 15mph when he began to veer into the wrong lane before bumping up the kerb.

He said: "Witnesses observed the van strike the two pedestrians.

"The son was knocked to the ground and injured.

"The father sustained minor injuries - a sore right arm and upper left leg.

"The son sustained bruising to his face and dental injuries, his lower front teeth were dislocated and his upper front teeth broken."

Heart condition

Defence solicitor Ross Bennett said Nazir had previously suffered from epilepsy following a serious head injury sustained as a boy in Pakistan.

He said: "There was no indication that this was a condition that would impact on him driving.

"He has now been diagnosed with a heart condition as well.

"After a family meeting, he has given up his driving licence voluntarily."

Sheriff Derek Reekie fined Nazir and also imposed six penalty points on his licence.

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