Pensioner sentenced to four years imprisonment after knocking down and killing a toddler

John Place, aged 72, from Sutton Coldfield, has been sentenced to four years in prison after knocking down and killing a girl, aged 3, as she walked over a pedestrian crossing last summer.

Place was handed the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court today (20/03) after he hit Poppy-Arabella Rose Clarke with his Volkswagen Passat as she pushed her bike across Chester Road in Boldmere on Wednesday 6th July.

The traffic lights were on red at the time and the green man was flashing for pedestrians. Poppy was treated by paramedics at the scene but tragically died later in hospital.

Place’s car also collided with Poppy-Arabella’s mother Rachel Clarke, leaving her with serious injuries. She had been walking next to her daughter as she crossed the road.

Place, from Bakers Lane, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at a hearing on Friday 3rd March.

A police investigation found that he had been told just weeks before that his vision was no longer good enough for him to drive, even with his glasses on. When he hit Poppy-Arabella and Rachel Clarke he was not wearing glasses and told officers he had not seen the red light or the crossing itself.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is an absolutely tragic case and Poppy-Arabella’s parents continue to suffer enormously from their loss. Our thoughts remain with them.

“Place should not have been driving that day as quite simply his vision was severely impaired. The consequences of his decision to get behind the wheel despite this have been catastrophic.

“I hope that this case sends out a message to all drivers that you have a personal responsibility to heed medical advice and to ensure you are fit to get behind the wheel.”

Place was also disqualified from driving for five years from the date of his release from prison.

Related Posts

Recent Posts

Man sadly dies following a collision on M42 in Coventry

Emergency Services were called to reports of a car which had left the carriageway, shortly after 2.30PM this afternoon (27/03),...

New 12-sided pound coin officially enters circulation.

A new one pound coin, modelled on the threepenny bit, will officially enter circulation on Tuesday (28/03). The new 12-sided...

Belgrave Middleway closed in both directions after fatal collision

A man has died following a collision on Belgrave Middleway just after 11.40PM (26/03). The man was struck by a...

‪Tesco is to cut the cost of petrol and diesel by two pence per litre ‬

Tesco is to cut the cost of petrol and diesel by two pence per litre at all of its petrol...

Man arrested on Alum Rock Road for having an imitation gun with intent to cause fear. ‬

A man has been arrested on firearms offences following 999 calls reporting someone with a gun in Washwood Heath Road....