Trailer involved in serious crash on A487 found to have faulty brakes

A trailer towed by a lorry involved in a crash which badly injured a woman had defective brakes, an investigation found. The vehicle was not at fault for the accident which happened on the A487 at Bontnewydd near Caernarfon[1] on May 15 last year magistrates at Caernarfon were told. But the brakes on the American-style recreational vehicle trailer towed by travelling showman Darren Simon De Koning were defective.

The 53-year-old, of Waterloo Street, Manchester, pleaded guilty by letter to charges of using a motor vehicle or trailer with defective brakes and using a motor vehicle drawing a trailer when a secondary coupling device was not fitted to the trailer.

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He was fined GBP300 and ordered to pay costs of GBP215. Prosecutor Diane Williams said the emergency services were alerted to the incident at about 4.30pm[2] and found a Citroen vehicle had crashed head-on into the lorry. Firefighters were called to release the woman from the wreckage of her car and she was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.

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An investigation by a vehicle examiner at a garage near Caernarfon found faults on the braking system of the trailer being towed by the lorry.

Solicitors for De-Koning, who was not present before magistrates at Caernarfon[3] , said police had made it clear to their client he was not at fault for the incident.

The car had veered across the road and struck the lorry.

But De-Koning accepted he should have been aware of the faults and will make regular checks in future to ensure such an incident will not re-occur.


  1. ^ Bontnewydd near Caernarfon (
  2. ^ emergency services were alerted to the incident at about 4.30pm (
  3. ^ magistrates at Caernarfon (