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Motorist sentenced for killing pedestrian

|News, Driving offences

A 96-year-old driver who had been advised not to drive due to his poor eyesight has been sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving.

William Beer was driving on Bedwas Road in Caerphilly when he collided with an 84-year-old man, Illtyd Morgan, who was crossing the road.

The fatal collision occurred just after midday on 6 April 2021, and despite the efforts of emergency services, Illtyd Morgan sadly died later that day.

During an eye examination in March 2019, William Beer was advised not to drive as his eyesight was so poor because of his bilateral cataracts.

Anthony Clarke of the CPS said: “William Beer’s decision to drive, ignoring medical advice, resulted in the worst possible consequences; the loss of life.

“This case is a tragic reminder that motorists must ensure they are fit to drive safely, for their own safety and the safety of all other road users.

“Mr Morgan’s family have endured a heart-breaking loss and our thoughts remain with them.”

William Beer was sentenced to 28 months at Newport Crown Court on 27 January 2023.

Notes to editors

  • Anthony Clarke is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
    William Beer (DOB: 16/2/26) pleaded guilty to one offence of causing death by dangerous driving, contrary to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act, 1988
    Illtyd Morgan died on 6 April 2021 aged 84 years old.

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