Driver jailed for causing death of pedestrian by dangerous driving

28/04/2017

Terry Lowe has today been sentenced at Stafford Crown Court to two years imprisonment after he had pleaded guilty of causing the death of a 79-year-old woman who was being pushed in her wheelchair by her daughter along Jones Lane in Great Wyrley.

On the morning of 30 July 2016, the 32-year-old defendant was the driver of a Ford Focus traveling along Jones Lane and heading towards the A5.

Heading in the same direction was Ann Walton, who due to her lack of mobility, was being pushed in her wheelchair by her daughter along the roadway due to there being no pavement on that section of the road.

The defendant failed to spot the pedestrians and has a result his car collided with them.

An air ambulance was called to the scene and Mrs Walton was transferred to the University of North Midlands Hospital where she passed away from her injuries. The second victim was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Lowe was charged with and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following a police investigation into the fatal road incident, witnesses who were traveling along that road all confirmed that they had spotted the victims, slowed their cars and safely manoeuvred their vehicles around them.

"Terry Lowe failed to spot the victims and as a result he collided with them, killing Mrs Walton and seriously injuring her daughter.

"We hope this prosecution is a reminder to motorists to always be mindful of other road users.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mrs Walton."