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Driver spared jail for killing student when he hit traffic lights that fell on him

Driver spared jail for killing student when he hit traffic lights that fell on him

Gordon Jackson was spared jail and given a 15-month driving ban (Picture: BPM)

A student who was waiting to cross the road was killed by a careless driver while waiting to cross the road when the motorist hit a traffic light.

Gordon Jackson, 70, messaged his partner moments after Andrew Robertson’s death saying ‘I think I have killed someone’.

He also said he should not have been driving and that he does not think he will drive again.

Jackson hit the lights when he pulled into a lane in front of a camper van but mounted the kerb and smashed into the signal at 4.45pm on the A52 at Lenton on March 30.

The court heard that there was no need for Robertson to perform the manoeuvre in his Mini.

Biochemistry student Mr Robertson, 20, was described in court as being ‘strong, smart, independent, kind and caring’.

Driver spared jail for killing student when he hit traffic lights that fell on him

Andrew Robertson was killed when a traffic light fell on top of him when the Mini hit it (Picture: BPM)

Driver spared jail for killing student when he hit traffic lights that fell on him

Police at the scene of the collision in March (Picture: BPM)

Judge Sally Cox told the pensioner: ‘Your lapse of attention and subsequent collision with a traffic light post was and is the reason for the death of Andrew Robertson.’

Jackson was given a six-month curfew and must be at his home in Stoke-on-Trent between 6pm and 8am.

He was also banned from driving for 15 months and will have to take a further driving test.

Judge Cox added that his driving ‘fell below that of a careful and competent driver’.

His Barrister Malcolm Galloway said he had no recollection of the event.

She said: ‘You are aware within a couple of minutes past the event, he was texting his partner saying he’d had a blackout and “I think I have killed someone”.’

Prosecutor James Thomas said there was no evidence to suggest there had been any medical cause for the collision.

Driver spared jail for killing student when he hit traffic lights that fell on him

Moments after the crash Jackson messaged his partner saying ‘I think I’ve killed someone’ (Picture: BPM)



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