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Man admits causing death of Penrith pensioner by careless driving

[A] MOTORIST has admitted causing the death of a elderly pedestrian by careless driving in Penrith.

Peter Wilkinson, 23, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI) to face one charge.

During a brief hearing before Judge Barbara Forrester, Wilkinson pleaded guilty to driving a Volkswagen Golf at King Street, Penrith, without due care and attention, causing the death of pensioner Lawrence Cherry.

This relates to an incident which occurred on December 19, 2015.

Mr Cherry, who was aged 82, lived at Champion Way in Penrith. Police said at the time he had been in collision with the Golf at around 11pm, and was taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary, where he later died.

Wilkinson’s barrister Greg Hoare said told the court the defendant would be entering a “written basis” for his guilty plea. A pre-sentence report was requested by Judge Forrester and the case was adjourned.

Wilkinson, of Clifton, near Penrith, was granted bail but made subject to an interim driving ban.

He is due to be sentenced at the crown court on April 27.

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