Driver in fatal collision did U-turn on M20
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”.