Poor sight of driver led to the unthinkable

Caerphilly man, 96, warned about sight jailed for killing pedestrian – BBC News

A 96-year-old driver who killed an 84-year-old pedestrian after being warned he should not drive by an optician has been jailed for more than two years.

William Beer pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after hitting Illtyd Morgan on Bedwas Road, Caerphilly, on 6 April 2021.

Beer, of Llanbradach, Caerphilly, was sentenced to two years and four months at Newport Crown Court.

The court heard Beer told police Mr Morgan appeared “at the last minute”.

He failed a roadside eye test carried out by police after hitting Mr Morgan and was only able to read a number plate 7m (23ft) away.

Drivers should be able to read a registration plate from 20m (66ft) away.

In March 2019 his reading ability was described as “very poor” due to bilateral