Driver who killed elderly pedestrian in Northampton given 12-month community order

A fatal crash occurred on the junction of Lndon Road and St Leonard's Road (Google)

A fatal crash occurred on the junction of Lndon Road and St Leonard's Road (Google)

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A driver who hit and killed an elderly pedestrian after a collision in Northampton has been ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Patson Magaya, aged 25, of High Street, Collingtree, Northampton, was found guilty after a trial of causing death by careless driving.

The jury heard the victim John Johnston was crossing London Road in Far Cotton, near to the Asda supermarket, at 6.45pm on January 30 last year when he was hit by Magaya’s Citroen C2.

At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Judge Rupert Mayo said it was a dark, wet evening and Mr Johnston was wearing dark clothing but witnesses who saw the collision said Magaya “ought to have seen” the pedestrian, who was carrying shopping bags.

Judge Mayo said: “Your speed was not excessive and Mr Johnston was making no attempt to stop for the traffic.

“Your driving was no more than careless but the harm it caused was at the highest level.

“I don’t think a custodial sentence in this case is necessary proportionate.”

Magaya was banned from driving for 12 months and he must take an another test before he can regain his licence.