Essex

Dean Sadler death prompts police safety call to elderly

Police have urged all elderly drivers to reconsider their fitness to drive following a fatal crash in Essex.

The call follows the death of a motoryclist who collided with a car driven by an 83-year-old man.

Essex Police said the death highlighted the elderly's "ability to drive safely".

Age UK Colchester said drivers of all ages needed to monitor their ability to drive.

Car driver Donald Lambert, 83, collided with motorcyclist Dean Sadler, from Ipswich, on 1 April.

'Slightest mistake'

Mr Sadler, 33, of Waltham Close, was declared dead at the scene of the collision at Colchester's Ardleigh interchange roundabout.

On Tuesday, Lambert admitted causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months and told he faced an extended re-test if he ever wanted his licence back.

Insp Keith Whiting, head of Essex Police's serious collision investigation unit, said: "Whenever you drive on the road you should take the utmost care at all times and observe the rules of the road as the slightest mistake can result in the loss of a life.

"This case highlights the issues of elderly drivers once again, and their ability to drive safely.

"I hope elderly drivers and their families discuss whether it is time to stop driving, and not wait until they are involved in similar circumstances."

Rachel Fahie, of Age UK Colchester, said: "Drivers of all ages need to consider their capability to drive.

"Driving these days is very stressful and Essex Police are wise to urge older people and their families to be pro-active in considering the right time to stop driving.

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