An 80-year-old whose out-of-control car crushed a grandmother outside of her home and killed her has been given a two-year driving ban and £500 fine. The driver admitted causing her death by driving without due care and attention. He had been sitting in his stationary car when he put his foot on the accelerator and shot across the road at a 90 degree angle.
The grieving family of grandmother Irene Wills, who had to have one of her legs amputated and then died in hospital six days later, are furious at the sentence imposed by magistrates. Her husband, Joe, called the penalty ‘ludicrous’ and went on to argue ‘I’m not an awful person but if you lose your wife you expect more than this.’
Prosecutor Andrew Bodger said the driver ‘got in the car, which was an automatic, while his daughter went to a chemist’s shop nearby to fetch a prescription. The Ford Focus with the defendant at the wheel shot forward out of the car park in a 90 degree arc and ended up hitting Mrs Wills…right from the outset the defendant said his foot had slipped from the brake pedal on to the accelerator.’
Simon Dykes, mitigating, told the court ‘this was a momentary lapse in concentration with tragic circumstances. He lost control when he put his foot on the accelerator, instead of the brake.’