Drink driver spared jail after fatal accident in Crawley

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A driver who knocked down and fatally injured a pensioner in Crawley was given a suspended sentence today (Monday August 10).

Alan Wilsdon, 53, of Wilmington Close, Crawley, was originally sentenced for drink driving while victim Mohammad Akthar Shamim, 80, was in hospital.

However, Mr Shamim sadly died two weeks later and Wilsdon was prosecuted again.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Today, Judge Charles Kemp at Lewes Crown Court gave him a 16 month sentence, suspended for two years, with 180 hours of unpaid work and am 18 month driving ban.

Judge Kemp said the ban would have been two years, but Wilsdon had already served a one year ban from his original sentence.

He told Wilsdon: “No action as to your sentence could possibly do anything to ameliorate the loss of Mr Shamim for his family.”

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