Elderly driver in collision with parked lorry "could barely see"

Elderly driver in collision with parked lorry

Elderly driver in collision with parked lorry "could barely see"

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An elderly driver who crashed into a parked lorry has lost his licence after tests showed he could barely see.

The 79-year-old was driving his 4x4 Mitsubishi on the A26 Eridge Road near Crowborough when he was in collision with an articulated lorry outside a perol station.

The man, from Eridge Green, was cut free from his vehicle and taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The lorry driver was unhurt in the incident, which happened on June 27.

When later required to take an eyesight test by reading a car number plate at a distance, the Shogun driver's inability to do so shocked officers who were present.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher, of the East Sussex Road Policing Unit, said: "He was only able to clearly read a number plate at a distance of just one metre, or 39 inches.

"The law says you must be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres for an old style plate, or 20 metres for a new style one.

"As a result, the gentleman's driving licence was immediately revoked by the DVLA and he is no longer allowed behind the wheel."

Sgt Pitcher said it was fortunate that the driver's poor vision had not had more serious consequences.

He urged all motorists to ensure that they are visually capable of driving according to the law's requirements.

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