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A lorry driver has admitted causing the death of cyclist Barbara Phipps in Teynham

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A lorry driver has admitted causing the death of a pensioner after colliding with her bike and dragging her under the vehicle. William Magee, 59, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving when he appeared in court today (February 16). Cyclist Barbara Phipps, 73, died following the collision in Teynham[2], near Sittingbourne, on February 13 last year.

Read more: A man who drove a car at a police officer during 120mph chase on the M20 has been jailed[3] Magee, who was driving a Co-op lorry at the time, was originally charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He pleaded not guilty and was due to stand trial later this month.

But Maidstone Crown Court heard at today’s hearing that following legal discussions it had been decided to add the alternative, less serious offence. Prosecutor Simon Taylor said Mrs Phipps’s family had been consulted about the decision not to proceed with causing death by dangerous driving. Read more: Locked up for life: The 15 awful crimes which shook Kent and Sussex[4]

He added that the fatal accident was captured on CCTV and showed the moment of impact followed by Mrs Phipps, from Lynsted, near Faversham, being dragged under the lorry. Mr Taylor said: “It is the best evidence of what happened. “This was driving falling not far short of dangerous driving.”

The court heard that Magee, of Readers Court, Chelmsford in Essex, carried on driving after the accident and was subsequently charged with failing to stop. But Mr Taylor said it was no longer the prosecution case that he ‘deliberately’ failed to stop and the charge will not be proceeded with. No evidence was also offered to the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

Magee was said to have had a ‘long and distinguished’ driving record. Read more: A teenager who killed an elderly woman in a crash on the M25 has been jailed[5] Sentencing was adjourned until March 3 for the preparation of reports.

Magee was released on bail and given an interim driving ban. The family of Mrs Phipps, including her four daughters and her son, paid tribute to her last year at the time of the crash. They said: “It is with much sadness due to the tragic, we find ourselves paying tribute to our wonderful mum.

“She was a very loving, caring mum who interacted with many people in and around the village.

“We are all very touched and appreciate all of the kind messages and tributes from the members of the local community at this difficult.”

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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.kentlive.news)
  2. ^ Barbara Phipps, 73, died following the collision in Teynham (www.kentlive.news)
  3. ^ A man who drove a car at a police officer during 120mph chase on the M20 has been jailed (www.kentlive.news)
  4. ^ Locked up for life: The 15 awful crimes which shook Kent and Sussex (www.kentlive.news)
  5. ^ A teenager who killed an elderly woman in a crash on the M25 has been jailed (www.kentlive.news)

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