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Crash Pc wins driving ban appeal
Pc Vicky Richards
Pc Victoria Richards appealed over the length of her driving ban
A police officer whose patrol vehicle hit a pedestrian who later died has had her driving ban reduced.

Pc Victoria Richards, from Seaford in East Sussex, had her disqualification period cut from 15 to eight months.

She was convicted of careless driving in February over the crash involving 83-year-old David Lloyd, from Tredegar in south Wales.

Richards was responding to a 999 call when the accident happened in Eastbourne in September 2004.

She was found guilty at the end of a trial at Lewes Magistrates' Court and also fined 1,000 and ordered to pay 250 costs.

At Lewes Crown Court on Monday, her lawyer David Jubb said: "The disqualification period was harsh and may be tempered by a reconsideration of the issue."

Judge Cedric Joseph agreed the ban was too long, but said he had no doubt the officer had been driving too fast.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd was on holiday in Eastbourne with his wife

The 29-year-old had reached speeds of 60mph along Eastbourne seafront, which, the prosecution at her trial said, gave her insufficient time to stop when she saw Mr Lloyd and his wife in the road.

Her speed was just under 30mph when she collided with the couple.

Mr Lloyd died in hospital of kidney failure and pneumonia 13 days after the accident. His 84-year-old wife Linda recovered from her injuries.

The defence's mitigation was that the Lloyds, who were on holiday, were crossing Grand Parade from behind parked cars and may have been distracted by another emergency vehicle going the other way.

"It's clear... the collision was inevitable," Mr Jubb said on Monday.

"To her [Richards'] credit, and as acknowledged by the prosecution, she did everything in her power once she had seen the couple."

Sussex Police said an internal misconduct inquiry was due to take place.

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