Driver banned from roads after killing pensioner

A woman has been banned from driving after the death of a pensioner
A woman has been banned from driving after the death of a pensioner
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A WOMAN has been banned from the road after the car she was driving knocked down a pensioner and killed him.

Cheryl Rose, from Harwood Road, Gosport, appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

The court heard that Rose’s Ford Focus hit 87-year-old Peter Herbert on Mumby Road in Gosport, at 8.20am on Wednesday, August 28.

Mr Herbert suffered a serious head injury and died a couple of hours later in hospital.

As reported, Gosport residents laid flowers at the scene and spoke of their shock at the pensioner’s death.

Mr Herbert had no close family in the area and was often seen by nearby workers with his shopping bags.

The court was told that on August 28 Rose had not been drinking, had not been under the influence of drugs and had not been exceeding the speed limit.

With family at the back of the court supporting her, the 36-year-old appeared distraught as she received her sentence.

She had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing Rose, presiding magistrate Felicity Boraston said: ‘Mrs Rose, this matter we have before us today, we have to say that we realise any punishment we impose could have great consequence to the situation you find yourself in.

‘We have taken into account your early guilty plea which lessens your sentence today.

‘On that note, we have looked at the report given to us by probation and have gone along with those recommendations.’

Mrs Boraston gave Rose a six-month community order with a curfew requirement. Rose must not leave her house between the hours of 8pm and 6am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Rose was banned from driving for 18 months, which started from her last court date of January 22, expiring on July 22, 2015.

Rose must also pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £60, totalling £145, which she must pay within seven days.

Investigating Officer PC Neil Lancaster from Fratton Roads Policing Unit was at the court for the sentencing.

Speaking after the case PC Lancaster described it as an ‘unfortunate incident’.

He added: ‘In cases like these there can never be a good result for anybody. Mr Herbert lost his life and Mrs Rose will have to live with this for the rest of hers.’