Driver jailed for causing death of pedestrian

|News, Driving offences

A 27-year-old motorist, who knocked down and killed a pedestrian as she crossed the road in Walsall, has today been sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 18 months after he pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of causing death by careless driving.

On 13 August 2017, Jamie Platt was driving a Volkswagen Golf along Leamore Lane heading towards Walsall.

As he approached the junction of Bloxwich Road he stopped at the traffic lights which were displaying a red light.

Meanwhile 88-year-old Mavis Storey had begun to cross Bloxwich Road. While she was still doing so, and while she was still in the opposite carriageway to those assigned for vehicles turning right, Mr Platt turned right into Bloxwich Road, cut the corner and collided with her.

The emergency services were called and the victim was taken to the QE Hospital in Birmingham where she died on the same day from her injuries.

Platt was arrested and later pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Giovanni D’Alessandro, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Jamie Platt’s driving fell below the standard of a competent driver and as a result he failed to steer into the correct carriageway or indeed to see Mavis Storey crossing the road. This driving resulted in a fatal collision.

“We hope this prosecution reminds all road users to both respect the lane markings and to pay special attention to pedestrians.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mrs Storey.”

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