Kent

Bluewater parking death: Dawn Chedd given suspended sentence

Victim Claire Bishop
Image caption Mrs Bishop died in hospital on 9 January

A motorist found guilty of causing the death of a 71-year-old woman when she reversed into her has been given a suspended sentence.

Dawn Chedd's automatic reversed into Claire Bishop on 4 January at the Bluewater shopping centre, pinning her against a car.

Chedd, 50, from Swanley, was found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court of causing death by inconsiderate driving.

She was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years.

Mrs Bishop, from Bexleyheath in south London, died in hospital on 9 January.

Kent Police said she was killed after Chedd had stopped at the shopping centre with a friend's two-year-old child in the back.

But the car was still in reverse, causing it to move backwards out of the bay before hitting three parked cars and striking Mrs Bishop.

Chedd, who had pleaded not guilty, was also told she would have to do 200 hours community service, pay costs of £2,500 and was disqualified from driving for two years.

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