Driver in fa­tal col­li­sion did U-turn on M20

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

The court heard how Leonard Pet­tifer, who ad­mit­ted caus­ing death by driv­ing dan­ger­ously at an ear­lier hear­ing, had gone to see his GP just days be­fore sen­tenc­ing com­plain­ing of dizzy spells.

He will now be un­der­go­ing fur­ther med­i­cal tests to find out what con­di­tion it is that he suf­fers from.

Pet­tifer had been driv­ing his Ford Ka in Novem­ber last year when it struck 60-yearold fa­ther-of-two Michael Co­ple­ston, who lived with his wife in Hawkinge.

The pen­sioner had been vis­it­ing his wife in hos­pi­tal, where he had stayed for eight hours with­out eat­ing

He joined the M20 near Ash­ford and re­alised he needed to go in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

But in­stead of ex­it­ing at the next junc­tion, Pet­tifer per­formed a U-turn in the out­side car­riage­way.

Judge Nor­ton told Pet­tifer’s lawyers: “He will be sen­tenced in Au­gust and I will not fur­ther ad­journ this case un­less he is in hos­pi­tal.”

And she added that she will be “deeply scep­ti­cal” if she is told that days be­fore the next hear­ing Pet­tifer had at­tended his GP surgery com­plain­ing of “fur­ther symp­toms”.

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