Case Study

Woman denies causing death of pensioner

Incident date: 
Thu, 24 May 2012

A 75-year-old woman is standing trial charged with causing the death of a Weymouth pensioner by careless driving.

Ilse Davies was trying to cross Dorchester Road, Weymouth, at around 4pm on May 24th 2012 when she was hit by a car and flung into the air before landing on the other side of the road, Dorchester Crown Court was told.

The 84-year-old was taken to Dorset County Hospital where she died from her injuries six days later.

Marjory Jill Bonnett, of Watery Lane, Weymouth, was driving the car involved in the collision and denies causing death by careless driving.

Prosecutor Anita Gibson-Lee told the court that Bonnett was driving her red Mazda home after playing golf. She said: “Mrs Bonnett was driving her vehicle and hit a pedestrian. While she was driving it fell below the standard of a careful and competent driver.

“Ilse Davies was walking along the road.

“She was 84 and walking with the aid of a wheeled Zimmer frame.

“Mrs Davies attempted to cross the road and Mrs Bonnett’s vehicle collided with her.

“She was thrown up into the air, hitting the windscreen and roof of the car before landing in a bus stop on the opposite side of the road.

“Mrs Davies was taken to Dorset County Hospital where sadly she passed away on May 30 from her injuries.”

Bonnett told police that she was travelling under the speed limit, Miss Gibson-Lee told the court.

She said: “Mrs Bonnett said the first thing she became aware of was a metal noise on the passenger side of her vehicle.

“She heard a noise and the next thing she knew was her windscreen shattered and there was a bang on the roof of her car.

“Then she became aware of a woman and a Zimmer-frame in the road. She says she didn’t brake before the collision because she didn’t see anything.”

The trial continues.

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