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Man, 90, must quit driving after accident

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

A 90-year-old driver has been told he must never drive again after a pedestrian lost part of her leg when his car mounted a pavement and mowed her down.

Wealthy pensioner William Peto was trying to make a U-turn in the centre of a market town when his built-up shoe jammed between the accelerator and brake and his car shot along the pavement at more than 20 mph.

He hit 24-year-year-old shopper Laura Reddy who suffered horrific injuries and needed emergency surgery to amputate part of one leg. Her older sister Nadine Marchant leapt to safety with less serious injuries and then used her belt as a tourniquet to save Laura's life by staunching the bleeding from her injured leg.

Peto, of Lapford House Wood, Lapford, admitted careless driving and was fined £2,500 with £100 costs and disqualified from driving for two years by Judge Erik Salomonsen at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge invoked rarely used powers under the Road Traffic Act to extend the ban indefinitely on the grounds that Peto's age and infirmity render him a danger to the public.

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