Dorset

Bournemouth death driver's GP 'told her not to drive'

New Road near Northbourne roundabout Image copyright Google
Image caption The 83-year-old pedestrian died in hospital two days after the collision in Northbourne

An elderly motorist who killed a pedestrian after being advised by her GP not to drive has been handed a suspended sentence.

June Cox, 80, admitted causing death by careless driving after hitting the 83-year-old woman in the Northbourne area of Bournemouth last November.

She had been advised not to drive for medical reasons, police said.

Cox, who was not injured in the crash, was handed a four-month sentence, suspended for 18 months.

She was also banned from driving for five years.

The crash happened in New Road, close to the Northbourne roundabout, at about 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 23 November.

The pedestrian, a local woman, was taken to Poole Hospital but died two days later as a result of her injuries.

'Preventable collision'

Cox, of Bramley Road, Ferndown, was not injured.

Dorset Police said Cox had been advised repeatedly not to drive for medical reasons.

PC Andy Fields said: "This was a tragic and completely preventable collision that sadly resulted in the death of an elderly woman. My thoughts are with the victim's family.

"Mrs Cox was advised by her GP not to drive, however, she decided to ignore that advice. Had she heeded the advice, this collision would have been avoided.

"I would ask anyone who is aware or concerned about someone's physical or mental fitness to drive to please report this to the DVLA or the police."

Under current legislation, it is the driver's responsibility to inform DVLA of any medical conditions that could impair their ability to drive.

Charity Safewise Dorset offers a course for drivers over 65 called Dorset Driver Gold to help people update their knowledge and understand the challenges they face.

Cox was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £115 victim surcharge at Poole Magistrates' Court.

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