Essex

Essex fatal crash driver given ban and curfew

A motorist who hit and killed a pedestrian as she crossed an Essex road has been banned for a year and given a three-month curfew.

Malcolm Barber, 65, of Great Horkesley, was found guilty of causing the death of Sheila Webb.

Mrs Webb, 79, from Colchester, died on 28 March 2009 when she was hit as she crossed St Cyrus Road in the town.

At Chelmsford Crown Court arber was banned from driving, given a curfew and ordered to pay costs of £3,500.

Collision 'avoidable'

The curfew means Barber must not leave a specified address between 2000 BST and 0600 BST.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community work.

Police said there was no evidence Barber had been speeding.

Investigating officer Insp Steve Brewer said: "The charge against Mr Barber was brought because there was sufficient evidence to show that Mr Barber should have been able to avoid colliding with Mrs Webb if he was paying full attention to the road ahead of him.

"Mrs Webb was crossing the road from Mr Barber's right hand side, visibility was good and it was daylight."

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