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Lowestoft crash victim 'should have been seen'

Pauline Wright and David Wright Image copyright Contributed by Lowestoft Live Arts
Image caption Pauline Wright was injured in the collision, in which her husband David was killed

A woman accused of causing death by careless driving should have seen a "virtually blind" man crossing the road, a court has heard.

David Wright, 74, from Lowestoft, died after being struck by a car as he crossed Yarmouth Road in the town, in February 2013.

Samantha Pitcher, 28, of Maidstone Road, Lowestoft, denies causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Ipswich Crown Court heard she was not driving "carefully and safely".

'Short screech'

Mr Wright had been for a meal at The Foxburrow pub with his son and his two children, and his wife Pauline, who was also hit by the car.

The court was told it was about 21:00 GMT on 18 February when they left the pub and crossed the road.

Mr Wright was not accompanied by his guide dog at the time but was carrying a reflective white stick.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, told the jury: "The couple represented a hazard, a hazard which Ms Pitcher should have seen and should have been able to deal with if she had been driving carefully and safely."

Howard Wright told the court he had just crossed the road with his two children, ahead of his parents when he heard a "short screech of tyres".

He looked back to see his mother sitting in the road and his father underneath the car.

The trial continues.

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