A MAN who crashed into a learner driver, injuring her instructor, yesterday apologised.

Richard Alan Keeley, 30, had been driving his Transit van along the Sedgefield to Great Stainton road at 4.15pm on February 11 when the collision occured.

Darlington Magistrates' Court heard that as Keeley rounded a bend he lost control and his vehicle veered into the path of the oncoming learner driver.

The woman was not hurt in the accident but her instructor suffered a fractured elbow and hand, as well as bruising to the pelvic region and chest.

Mr Keeley told the court that he regularly travels along the road for work, has never before had an accident while driving for work and deeply regretted what happened that day.

"I can't explain what happened that day, but can I apologise to everyone concerned, I feel embarrassed and scared to be in front of the court."

He added that he is reminded everyday of the accident due to ongoing health problems he is suffering as a result of his injuries, which included broken ribs and sternum, a twisted knee and lacerations.

Keeley, of Clapham Road, Yarm, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention. Magistrates endorsed his licence with four points and fined him £285.