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Road accident kills pensioner

PUBLISHED: 15:30 08 September 2010

Victoria Centre

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A driver was powerless to avoid a pensioner who stepped blindly into the road despite being metres from a pedestrian crossing, an inquest has heard.

A driver was powerless to avoid a pensioner who stepped blindly into the road despite being metres from a pedestrian crossing, an inquest has heard.

Frederick Penfold, 89, of Orchard Road, Northfleet died in Romford’s Queens Hospital on March 23 this year, almost three weeks after being hit on Perry Street an inquest at The Victoria Centre, Gravesend heard on September 2.

He sustained head and pelvic injuries from which he failed to recover when he stepped in front of a black Ford Focus.

Driver Sukhjit Nijjer of St James Avenue said: “I swerved to avoid him and started to brake but hit him,

“The windscreen shattered. I went on a few yards and stopped. I sat still then got out and saw a person lying on the road. I called the ambulance and waited for the ambulance to arrive. The man just stepped out into the road.”

PC David Kirk who investigated the accident confirmed CCTV images of the road record the speed of the car as being around about 22 mph.

He also said the pictures support Mr Nijjer’s account of swerving to avoid Mr Penfold and said the evidence suggests the fault for the collision lies with Mr Penfold.

Coroner Roger Hatch recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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