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National Express coach driver 'speeding' in fatal crash

A man was struck down and killed by a National Express coach being driven over its speed limit, a court heard.

Keith Brooke, 80, was crossing the A120 at Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, on 23 January when he was hit by the coach heading to Stansted airport.

The coach was being driven by John Milloy at 62mph, when the limit was 50mph, St Albans Crown Court heard.

Mr Milloy, 57, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard Mr Brooke, of nearby Westland Green, had parked his car in a layby on the A120 and was crossing the road to be picked up by his son-in-law to watch his grandson play rugby.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutor Andrea Scott Lynch said Mr Brooke was crossing the lanes "briskly" and Mr Milloy "made no attempt to slow down or brake".

"Not until Mr Brooke stepped into his lane did he brake heavily and try to swerve," she added.

"Unfortunately Mr Milloy was unsuccessful and hit him with the front nearside of the coach."

Mr Milloy, of Windsor Terrace, told police he began to slow and tried to take avoiding action but could not because a vehicle was approaching in the opposite direction.

Ms Scott Lynch added: "If Mr Milloy was not speeding the collision would not have happened.

"His driving fell below the standard to be expected. "

The trial continues.

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