A WOMAN was fined after causing an accident when she fell asleep at the wheel.
Paola Dacosta, of Howard Avenue in Lindley, dozed off as she drove her car home after a long day at the office, a court heard.
The next thing she knew she had hit another vehicle travelling along Barnsley Road at Flockton.
The driver of the other car suffered head injuries as a result of the smash.
Dacosta, 51, admitted driving without due care and attention when she appeared before Kirklees magistrates yesterday.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that on February 6 police attended the crash scene where there was already a number of emergency vehicles present.
The speed limit on the single carriageway is 30mph and it has Slow markings.
The prosecutor said that two vehicles were involved in the collision.
He said: “One of the vehicles was a Nissan Micra which had damage to the front.
“The driver of that car was trapped behind the wheel.
“Witnesses said that his vehicle was on the correct side of the road.”
Magistrates were told that the second vehicle involved was a Vauxhall Insignia, which belonged to Dacosta and also suffered damage.
Mr Bozman said that witnesses at the scene said that she was responsible for the crash.
They described Dacosta as veering into the wrong side of the carriageway towards the other vehicle.
Mr Bozman said: “Dacosta was subsequently interviewed by police.
“She said that she had been travelling along and there was a collision, she had no particular recollection of what happened.”
Dacosta said she was extremely remorseful about the incident.
She told police that she had suffered a momentary lapse in concentration after a long and difficult day at work.
Dacosta, who has three daughters, said she believed she must have dropped off in the moments before the crash.
Magistrates were told that she previously held a clean driving record for 30 years and needed her licence for her job.
They ordered her to pay a fine of £260, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
The bench also endorsed her licence with five penalty points.