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‘Short sighted’ Lincoln driver jailed for killing 93-year-old

A Lincoln man has been jailed for two years for killing a pedestrian at a Lincoln crossing, after wearing the wrong glasses while driving.

Lincoln Crown Court heard that Peter Conroy (73), who is blind in his right eye and has impaired vision in his left, drove into Audrey Noden (93) and her daughter Margaret Elvidge (63) at a zebra crossing on Boultham Park Road on September 4, 2012.

He was driving a Ford Mondeo at 15mph when he hit the two women. Mrs Noden was rushed to hospital with a fractured pelvis and leg.

She spent a month in hospital before being transferred to a nursing home where she later died.

The court heard that Conroy had been wearing his reading glasses at the time, instead of his long vision spectacles, and had reportedly narrowly avoided two other crashes before the incident.

Conroy, of Shakespeare Street in Lincoln, was recovering from a stroke at the time and had ignored signals from other motorists suggesting him to pull over.

Conroy had also failed to reveal that he was partially blind and suffered from glaucoma on his driving license renewal.

He was given a roadside eye test at the scene to test the legal sight requirement of 20 metres. He was at less than four metres before he could give an accurate reading.

Conroy was jailed for two years and banned from driving for 10 years.

His licence has already been revoked by the DVLA.