Essex

Man, 90, given suspended jail sentence over hit-and-run crash

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Image caption The judge told the defendant his behaviour was "cowardly" after the crash at Kirby Cross

A 90-year-old man has avoided a jail term after admitting causing death by careless driving when a woman was killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Cyril Fayers of Wittonwood Road, Frinton, was given a suspended sentence after hitting Barbara Cyfrowicz, 54, on Boxing Day 2014. She died the next day.

Ms Cyfrowicz's family described the sentence as "horrendous and not fair."

Judge Patricia Lynch QC described his behaviour as "cowardly, deceitful, manipulative and in short, a disgrace".

Mr Fayers had previously admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

At Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Patricia Lynch sentenced him to a total of 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned him from driving for life.

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She told him: "You are a man of 90 years of age, who has led a blameless life until this incident.

"Your behaviour thereafter was cowardly, deceitful, manipulative and, in short, a disgrace - and you must know that."

Tributes were paid to Ms Cyfrowicz after her death, when she was described as "a friend to so many".

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Image caption Barbara Cyfrowicz died in hospital the day after the hit-and-run on Boxing Day 2014

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