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The footage that cost an elderly motorist her driving licence

By: metro.co.uk 6 months ago
The footage that cost an elderly motorist her driving licence

She was inches from hitting a child.

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An elderly motorist has lost her driving licence after video of her almost running over a child was captured on dash-cam.

The woman, in her 80s, was driving her red Ford Fiesta when a child on a scooter starts to pedal onto a zebra crossing in Colchester, Essex.

Instead of stopping, the pensioner continues, forcing the frightened youth to quickly jump back.

Footage captured on another motorist’s dash cam shows the Fiesta comes within inches of striking the child.

The elderly woman, who has not been named, drove off from the scene, She was traced thanks to a concerned motorist who handed the footage in to the police.

After officers carried out eye sight tests, it became clear that she could not see properly.

Her licence has now been revoked after they used Cassie’s Law – introduced after the tireless campaigning of a mother whose daughter was killed by a driver with poor eyesight.

‘Cassie’s Law’ was inspired by the campaigning of Ipswich mum Jackie McCord, whose daughter, Cassie, 16, was killed by a driver who could not see properly.

The teenager was on her way to college in Colchester in 2011 when 87-year-old Colin Horsfall’s car ploughed into her on the pavement.

Cassie died from severe head injuries the next day and Horsfall died three months later, having never recovered from his injuries.

Police later discovered he could not read a car registration from 20 metres – the legal minimum.

Officers advised him not to drive again after the first crash – while his details were sent to the DVLA – but shockingly they were not able to seize his licence, meaning he was not prevented from killing Cassie.

Thanks to Mrs McCord’s campaign Cassie’s Law was introduced, giving officers the powers to immediately revoke a licence.

PC Rob Andrews from Essex roads policing unit said, ‘Dash cam footage is proving crucial for many road related incidents as the evidence it provides is priceless. In this case, we were able to see exactly what had happened without doubt and took appropriate action.’

Essex Police confirmed they had attended the registered address of the driver given her an eyesight test, which she subsequently failed.

‘Her licence was immediately revoked using powers under Cassie’s law and she is no longer on the road,’ the force said.

The near miss happened at 4.20pm on November 16 – just yards from where Horsfall had his original crash before the fatal accident which killed Cassie.

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