The Daily Telegraph

Driver, 87, who killed woman spared jail


A Rotary Club treasurer who killed an elderly woman when he ploughed into a coffee shop is still an able driver, a judge said as he spared him jail.

David Lord, 87, wrongly pressed the accelerato­r on his Audi A4 and careered into a Costa Coffee where Valerie Deakin, 74, was inside. She died at the scene in Westerham, Kent, on Christmas Eve in 2015. Five people were injured.

Lord admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and was sentenced to 22 months in jail, suspended for two years, a Kent police spokesman said. He was also banned for five years.

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