Pensioner caused accident after losing control of automatic car

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Robert Spencer failed to put the car in park or neutral and it set off with him at a holiday park in Wrea Green.

The 79-year-old collided with a woman nurse, who was crossing the road, and she was flung onto the bonnet. Spencer was then said to have mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake and veered off with the nurse on the bonnet, before colliding with a parked car. As he hit a kerb the nurse was thrown to the ground before Spencer drove over her and she became trapped .

The nurse’s husband and other passersby lifted the car off her. She was taken to hospital by air ambulance and found to have multiple fractures to her back, neck, arm and ribs.

Spencer, of York Suite Ribby Hall, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, did not attend court.

He pleaded guilty by letter to driving a Honda Civic carelessly at Ribby Hall Leisure Village, Ribby Road, Wrea Green, on October 8 last year.

His case was adjourned for him to attend court to show why he should not be disqualified from driving by District Judge James Hatton sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

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