A WOMAN who took a risk and tried to overtake another vehicle on the brow of a hill caused a head-on collision which resulted in serious injuries to another motorist, a court heard.

Alison Buck, of Ffordd Llanfynydd, in Llanfynydd, appeared at Mold Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon for sentence.

The 48-year-old had admitted one offence at a previous hearing, namely causing serious injury by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Prosecutor Justin Espie told the court that on January 30, 2023, Buck was driving on the B5101 at Treuddyn when she was involved in a collision.

At around 8.30am she attempted to overtake another vehicle whilst approaching a blind brow of a hill.

As she did so, another car came over the hill in the opposite direction; resulting in a head-on collision.

Mr Espie played footage of the incident, captured on the dashcam of a vehicle travelling behind, to the court.


The driver of the oncoming car, a man named Rhys Jones, sustained a number of injuries.

As well as losing consciousness, he had a 5cm wound and jagged cut to the inside of his lip, a wound to the outside of his mouth - as well as wounds to his chin and knee.

He also had neck pain and tenderness to his knee.

A probation officer told the court: "Both cars were written off because of the impact.

"Miss Buck took full responsibility - she felt awful and distraught.

"The offence does appear very out of character for her as she has no previous convictions.

"Whilst it's clearly an unpleasant offence, it doesn't form part of a pattern of offending behaviour.

"She was born in South Africa and moved to Wrexham in 1999, but has now settled in Flintshire.

"She is employed as a practice manager at a GP surgery."

Lorraine McClure, defending, told the court: "This is quite an alarming incident. The footage says it all.

"What we have is a lady who has clearly been driving for a few years and has made a mistake.

"That mistake has cost her dearly and she has shown how deeply shocked and remorseful she is.

The Leader:

"She took that risk - overtaking someone on the brow of a hill. The consequences have been catastrophic."

Ms McClure reiterated her client was of previous good character and that she was regarded by colleagues as a hard working woman who is honest and reliable in nature.

Buck received a 12 month community order, to include 200 hours of unpaid work and 10 rehabilitation activity days.

She must also pay £85 costs and a £114 victim surcharge.

The court banned her from driving for two years.