Mum ‘hit by truck as its driver ate’

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A LAND­SCAPE gar­dener who crushed a mother to death with his tip­per truck was dis­tracted be­cause he was eat­ing a McDon­ald’s, a court heard.

Aaron Dainty, 24, was hav­ing break­fast when he re­versed and hit Phillipa Wat­son, 51, it was said.

Mrs Wat­son was her­self walk­ing to the fast food chain when she was struck

Dainty was with four other col­leagues who had just fin­ished a night shift and was park­ing the truck in the road along­side the diner in Green­hithe at 7.15am on Au­gust 24.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard that as the woman was struck as she walked past. She was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

A McDon­ald’s staff mem­ber told the court he heard a scream and looked up to see the truck re­vers­ing over the mother-of-two.

Just sec­onds ear­lier he had wished Mrs Wat­son, a cleaner from Dart­ford, a good day.

The pros­e­cu­tor told the court: “The Crown ac­cept it was an ac­ci­dent, but one that could have been eas­ily avoided if he had been driv­ing with care.”

The McDon­alds staff mem­ber claimed: “The only thing I could see was that he (Dainty) had food in his hand.”

Dainty, of Can­vey Is­land, Es­sex, de­nies caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing and the trial con­tin­ues.

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