Sir Ranulph Fiennes escapes driving ban for head-on smash

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has escaped a driving ban after he fell asleep at the wheel and caused a head-on crash that left another driver fighting for his life in hospital.

Fiennes, 66, had completed a 42-mile High Peak endurance marathon in Derbyshire the night before, and fell asleep momentarily while driving home in his Jaguar X-Type.
He was charged with careless driving after causing the three car pile-up that left the 45-year-old driver of a Nissan Micra fighting for his life after suffering a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a broken leg and a shattered wrist and kneecap.

He underwent lifesaving surgery before being discharged from hospital eight weeks later. A 10-year-old boy who was a passenger in the Micra also suffered minor injuries and shock. The Nissan was shunted into a Ford Focus and was flipped onto its side.

Fiennes admitted the charge, and was punished to the tune of £1,000 and was given four points on his licence. Road safety campaigners were not happy with the punishment though, saying yesterday: "They could have banned him."
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