Probation for elderly blind driver who killed flagger
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 3, 2011 5:25PM PST
An 88-year-old B.C. man who was driving without a licence when he struck and killed a traffic flagger has been handed a suspended sentence.
Melle Pool, who is legally blind, was given two years of probation and a 10-year driving ban for the accident that killed 52-year-old Terry Mitchell of Pitt Meadows.
Mitchell was wearing full reflective gear at a worksite in Fort Langley when he was hit in 2008.
Pool pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Diane Herback of the BC Traffic Flaggers Association is furious over the sentence, saying just because a driver is elderly it doesn't mean they should be able to run someone down and escape jail time.
She says Mitchell's wife not only lost her husband, she didn't get justice.