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Waterlooville lollipop man death: Accused driver weeps in court

Raymond Elsmore Image copyright HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY
Image caption Mr Elsmore had worked as a patrol man at Queen's Inclosure Primary School for 13 years

A 23-year-old woman wept in court as she recalled the moment police told her the lollipop man she hit with her car had died.

Raymond Elsmore, 82, was struck while helping a pedestrian cross Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville, in 2012.

Lauren Paul, denies causing death by careless driving.

A crash investigator told a trial at Southampton Crown Court Mr Elsmore's high-visibility jacket would have blended in with the bright sunshine.

PC Edward Wilson said: "It would be very difficult to pick him out".

He added that Miss Paul "failed to suitably adjust her driving to perceive or react in time to the presence of the school crossing patrol officer".

The prosecution asserts she should have followed the Highway Code and slowed down or stopped in the bright sunlight.

Giving evidence, Miss Paul, of Ramblers Way, Waterlooville, said the first she was aware of Mr Elsmore was when he hit her windscreen on the afternoon of 12 December 2012.

She said "I had no idea what was going on and this lady was shouting at me. I was in complete shock."

She was asked how she reacted to being told later that Mr Elsmore had died. She began to cry in the witness box and said: "I don't think I've fully recovered from it now".

The court previously heard that in a statement to police, Miss Paul said she was driving straight into the sun so she slowed down to what she believed was about 25 mph (40kph).

Mr Elsmore had worked at Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville for about 10 years.

The trial continues.

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