A taxi driver was looking the wrong way when he knocked down a Scarborough visitor who later died from injuries, a court was told
Raymond Fowler, 89, was crossing Newborough, at its junction with Queen Street in the town centre, when he was struck by a taxi driven by Ian Huntley.
Huntley, 52, of Linden Road, Scarborough, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing – having previously admitted causing the death of the pensioner by careless driving.
The incident in August last year sparked a combined police and Scarborough News appeal and has led to an investigation into pedestrian safety at the junction. A safety scheme is now expected to go to consultation within the coming weeks.
The court heard that Mr Fowler had died nine days after the accident as a result of medical problems he suffered following a fracture of his hip.
Richard White, prosecuting, told how Huntley had driven down Queen Street and was turning right into the one way Newborough to park in the taxi rank. However, a CCTV recording later showed how Huntley had not stopped at the junction, looking to his left as Mr Fowler crossed the road on his right.
Ian Brook, mitigating, told the court that his client had an exemplary 30-year driving career. “It seems to me that this was one of those moments where but for the grace of God go I,” he said before adding that Huntley has been deeply affected by what had happened.
The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, expressed sympathy to Mrs Fowler, who had been married for more than 50 years and for whom the impact of the tragedy had been great. Banning Huntley, who is moving out of the Scarborough area, from driving for 12 months, Judge Ashurst also placed him under a 12-month Community Order and imposed a requirement for him to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire County Council said: “The council continues to investigate the best design for a pedestrian safety scheme at the junction of Newborough, Queen Street and King Street in Scarborough. A scheme will go out to consultation within the next few weeks.”
There have been other accidents at the location.