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Pensioner 'Crippled' After Motorist's 'Lapse In Concentration'

Wednesday May 22 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

AN elderly man was 'crippled' after being hit by a car on the road he crossed every day.

Injuries suffered by Melvyn Pickering, 73, included two broken legs, a fractured pelvis and a ruptured bladder in the accident near Hilltop Garage on Sheffield Road, Birdwell.

He spent nine weeks in hospital, has a scar from his knee to his ankle and is housebound months after being hit by Simon Timothy Milner, 46, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Chantel Lowery-Green, prosecuting, said: "Mr Milner did not appear to alter speed and when Mr Pickering saw the defendant bearing down on him he started to run. Mr Milner did not slow down."

After the accident, Milner kept on driving and another motorist went after him flashing his lights and sounding his horn, said Mrs Lowery-Green.

Milner pulled up about half a mile away.

Alan Greaves, defending, said Milner, of Station Road, Dodworth, had had 'a lapse of concentration'.

He said after being stopped, Milner went back to the scene of accident and was there before the emergency services arrived.

"Mr Milner was at no time aware he had hit Mr Pickering," he said. "Mr Milner still has not recovered from the accident which he cannot believe happened.

"Mr Milner has been in touch with Mr Pickering's family several times since the accident to ask about his recovery.

"Mr Pickering crosses the road twice a day. Mr MIlner did not see him. Mr Milner was within the speed limit but there was a lapse of concentration."

The case was adjourned until June 4 for a pre-sentence report and Milner was warned jail would be considered.

Milner, who admitted driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident, was granted unconditional bail. 

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Reply Posted by Adrian on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 12:40
scum...Milner only stopped cos another motorist caught up with him,..also he stated "didnt see Mr Pickering"...where was he looking if not at the road in front of him??..hope Milner goes down for a long stretch..selfish scumbag

Reply Posted by Dmx on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 14:19
Where was he looking? Probably at his phone

Reply Posted by shaz on Thursday May 23 2013 at 10:52
how on earth can you hit someone and not know you have hit them !!!

Reply Posted by Nath on Thursday May 23 2013 at 13:04
It's only like saying how can he cross the road and not see the car obviously if you see a car coming up your not goin to start crossing the road are you

Reply Posted by terry on Thursday May 23 2013 at 14:47
if u read the reports mr pickering did.nt even n mr bmx the police checked the phone n no he was.nt lookin at the phone

Reply Posted by maca on Thursday May 23 2013 at 14:50
adrian mole your the scum bag get your facts right you was not even there so why use a word like that you dont even no the lad

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday May 23 2013 at 15:22
I can't believe people are defending the driver. I simply do not believe he ran a man down without noticing and if he did manage to do such a thing then he should lose his license forever as he is clearly incompetent to drive.

Reply Posted by Tony on Thursday May 23 2013 at 22:31
The man passed two pedestrian refuges on the way from his allotment every day which would have allowed him to have crossed the road safely.They are there for a reason. The refuges are not at the location where man attempted to cross because the road is too fast and not safe. HIghway legislation does not encourage people to cross there because its NOT a SAFE place on the highway to cross. So why did he do this every day...........In a number of countries the man would have been arrested and fined for Jay walking.
The driver was only travelling at 37 mph...The man was already crossing the road with his stick in the air. Milner could not see the man because of the car in front of him.......it was an accident...These people commenting about scum want to have a think about what the circumstances. He was insured, sober, paying tax to be driving as he was on the highway.....WHy was the man crossing somewhere he should not be...Why? If not this would not have happened. !!!!!!!!! No one wanted this.

Reply Posted by shaz on Saturday May 25 2013 at 00:21
so tony am i right in thinking then that you may only cross a road if there is a pedestrian crossing i believe speed limit is 30 mph at that location so ok for him to drive at 37 the whole point is you cannot run someone over and not know you have hit them if that is the case he was either drunk or drugged at the end of the day he would not be in court if he was blameless would he that pedestrian is somenes father grandfather brother etc how about if it was relation to you it would be ok

Reply Posted by maca on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 08:11
Maca u low life rat..no i wasnt there as neither was u but but i quoted from milner's defence statement u numb nuts

Reply Posted by terry on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 13:21
the car in front went in to the garage thats why mr pickering started crossing the road and it is 40 on that stretch of the road n adrian stop callin urself maca

Reply Posted by adrian on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 08:20
Tony u are missing the point yes mr pickering shouldve used a crossing but have u always used a crossing..the point is that milner wasnt looking ahead on the road..u say milner cudnt see mr pickering cos of the car in front well how close was he to the car and if the car avoided mr pickering y didnt milner? Stop sticking up for milner...i accept it was totally accidental but u cannot keep ur eyes off the road for a second..i used to have a bike so i know distances and hazards..i hope milner has a long think about it when he's sitting in a jail cell

Reply Posted by JONES on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 10:35
It wasn't accidental .. thats why police refer to them as collisions, because there is always someone or thing to blame. The highway code states a pedestrian has the right of way and the fact that he was in the road to be seen begs the question what the driver was doing to distract his attention from the road. It is more than a lapse in concentration, he was driving without due care and attention, no two ways about it. Hope the old gent is ok x

Reply Posted by jft 96 on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 13:41
why his people stickin there noses in on about drink and drugs mr milner was not under the influence to be honest i do think the main rd in to barnsley his to dangours for an old person to cross so thats why there was allways goin to a accident there people should stop throwin stones at the driver

Reply Posted by craigy b on Tuesday May 28 2013 at 19:15
OOH poor old timmy milner, a prison sentence awaits you old bean.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 10:05
Shazzer at12.21am on a saturday morning on the bottle.
Once again! For those who are a little slower and dont get it! The ped refuges are put in a position where they are required by the public to cross safely. I thought a man of his age and experience would have looked for a refuge not cross at the fastest points on the road when traffic was approaching. Shazzer it must av been the lambrini going to your head again. Mr Milner was driving at 37mph in a 40mph section Silly girl.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 14:33
I also have a motorbike and car. It is impossible
to keep your eyes on the road 100 per cent of the time. If you say you do all well and good but you are a liar. So like you said accident! (Unfortunate happening, unexpected event. NOT done on purpous. If it wasnt for the injuries to the man, this would be straight forward. IS it fair to send a man to prison for an accident.Thats a seperate issue for the insurance. Because I will bet my back teeth there will be one.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 14:43
Craigy b.
Why not put your full name instead ov hiding. Also grow up young un.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 15:28
Jones. Just read the highway code again please.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 15:31
Please have a bit ov respect for both the people involved in this who are both suffering. A speedy recovery to MR Pickering.

Reply Posted by James on Friday May 31 2013 at 05:11
Reading this conversation it would appear to any outsider that people in the UK are far too quick to judge and comment on issues which they don't know the full details to. The UK is supposed to be a country where you are 'innocent until proven guilty'. and not 'guilty until proven innocent'. If any of you had anything about you, you would wait and see what actual facts are presented and how the court hearing actually finds the defendant. At this moment I am sure the driver is going through hell and suffering himself, just as the accident victim is suffering. One of them will be gong through physical hell and the other psychological hell. This was obviously an accident and none of us know what circumstances led up to the actual accident. Put yourself in both peoples shoes before judging on a public domain. I hope both parties make a full recovery to this unfortunate incident.