Elderly driver sentenced for knocking down Long Sutton pensioner

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A 73-year-old driver who mounted a pavement in Long Sutton with his car and hit an 86-year-old woman has been allowed to keep his licence.

Ronald Caley, of Albert Avenue, Gedney, hit Freda Briston from behind as she walked along Trafalger Square and Swapcoat Lane, leaving her in hospital for almost four months.

Caley (73) appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning, where he was ordered to pay a total of £113 and had his licence endorsed with four penalty points for driving without due care and attention.

The case had been adjourned from December 7 for a driving ban to be considered.

Kate Minihane, prosecuting, said Mrs Briston did not remember the collision on July 27, but simply recalls walking along the street one moment and waking up in Leicester Royal Infirmary the next.

She told the court how Mrs Briston had to have pins put in her right leg and reconstructive surgery.

She fractured some of her vertebrae, ribs and broke her ankle as a result of the incident.

“Mrs Briston spent two months in bed and is still not able to walk without an aid,” said Miss Minihane. “She may not make a full recovery.”

Dav Naghen, defending, said Caley had no points on his licence, which he had had for 49 years and had one speeding conviction from 20 years ago.

He said Caley believed he clipped a curb as he looked up to check his mirrors.

There was no case of speeding or over taking, he said.

Magistrates were told Caley stayed at the scene after the collision to try help Mrs Briston.

“He is someone who needs his license,” said Mr Naghen. “Both he and his wife have hospital and doctors appointments. They would have difficulty getting out and about without a driving licence.”

He described the incident as a “one off”. Chairman of the magistrates George Hoyles said: “We have heard what has been said and there are times that the less we say the better. This may be one of those occasions.”

He added: “What’s happened has happened.”

Mr Hoyles said the magistrates had taken into account an early guilty plea and the remorse Caley had expressed at the scene of the crash.

His driving record was also taken into account.

Caley was ordered to pay a £55 fine, £43 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.