‘ERNIE WILL NOT BE FOR­GOT­TEN’

Driver who knocked him down jailed for 24 weeks

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

THE dev­as­tated son of a 95-yearold who was knocked down and killed in Chal­font St Peter has vowed that his late fa­ther ‘will never be for­got­ten’.

Ernie Moody was hit by a black Vaux­hall As­tra, in Lower Road, close to the junction with Grange Road, on June 27 last year.

The 38-year-old driver, Mark Ring row, re­ceived a 24-week prison sen­tence at Ayles­bury Crown Court on Mon­day (Jan­uary 23) and was banned from driv­ing for two years and six months.

Rin­grow, of Ayles­bury, was charged with one count of caus­ing death by care­less or in­con­sid­er­ate driv­ing.

Mr Moody’s son Ken said: “We’re con­tent that it’s brought clo­sure for a very un­happy pe­riod in the last six months and jus­tice has been fol­lowed.

“All of this is not go­ing to bring him back and the fam­ily is dev­as­tated and miss him ter­ri­bly.

“The po­lice in this have been ab­so­lutely first class.

“We’ve been in touch with them al­most on a weekly ba­sis.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of the po­lice and the fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers.

“Thanks go out to the paramedics and the air am­bu­lance who tried to save him. It’s a sad day for the fam­ily and his friends in the vil­lage and we’re sure that he will never be for­got­ten.”

A state­ment on be­half of Mr Moody’s sons Ken, John, Brian and Alan, read: “Since the dev­as­tat­ing event of the death of Ernest Moody, the lives of our fam­ily and friends have been af­fected im­mensely.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult to put into words the over­whelm­ing ef­fect that this has had on us all, to lose a lov­ing fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, great grand­fa­ther and a very dear friend and much recog­nised char­ac­ter to many in the vil­lage of Chal­font St Peter.

“Ernest was 95 years old and still very sprightly for his age, his whole world was about walk­ing about the vil­lage and reg­u­larly vis­it­ing his fam­ily.

“Un­for­tu­nately this tragic event took place on the pave­ment just 50 yards or so from the house.

“Although ad­vanced in years, his out­look and vi­tal­ity was that of some­one many years younger.

“In fact on his 90th and 91st birth­day his wish was to have a golf­ing week­end with his sons.

“Ernie was a reg­u­lar vil­lage char­ac­ter to many peo­ple. We as a fam­ily knew of his pop­u­lar­ity but were so over­whelmed at the amount of flow­ers trib­ute and mes­sages.

“His fu­neral was at­tended by over 100 friends and fam­ily, fill­ing the church to ca­pac­ity.”

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