A driver fled after a crash – as a claim for another accident was already being pursued against him.
Daniel Hardy panicked when he drove into the back of Lucy Abbott’s car on March 19, resulting in her sustaining whiplash.
The 22-year-old abandoned his car nearby but was soon picked up by police.
He admitted failing to stop and report an accident, when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Robert Campbell, prosecuting, said the incident happened at just before 3pm as Hardy was travelling along Town End in Almondbury.
He passed a number of vehicles waiting to turn right at the junction with Fernside Avenue and hit the back of a Suzuki Swift in front of him. Ms Abbott suffered a minor whiplash injury and some damage to her car.
He said: “The defendant stopped briefly and then drove from the scene. He left his vehicle in the Moldgreen area before going home.”
When police later interviewed Hardy, of The Paddock in Kirkheaton, he admitted responsibility for the smash.
Mr Campbell said: “He accepted that he had driven off. He said he panicked because he had a pending claim with an insurance company for another accident.”
The court heard Hardy had a full, clean driving licence before the incident.
Mohammed Arif, mitigating, said that on the day his client had been at his girlfriend’s house before returning home.
He said that there was nothing wrong with the manner of his driving before he hit Ms Abbott’s car.
Mr Arif said: “There’s no evidence he was driving erratically, he’d simply gone into the vehicle in front of him and braked late.
“He’s genuinely remorseful and wishes to apologise to all parties involved. There’s an insurance mater due before the civil court and it may be because of that case that he’s driven off.
“It didn’t take the police long to catch up with him.”
District Judge Andrew Pascoe told him: “You were obviously very silly to leave the scene.”
He ordered Hardy to pay a £400 fine, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge and endorsed his licence with six penalty points.