- Colin Horsfall, 87, had been stopped after a minor accident but did not give up
- Three days later he killed Cassie McCord when he veered off the road
- CCTV shows him moments earlier clipping a building after driving on the pavement
By CHARLES WALFORD
Cassie McCord died after she was hit by a car being driven by Colin Horsfall
A teenage girl was knocked down and killed by an elderly motorist who mounted the pavement - just seconds after shocking CCTV footage showed his car narrowly avoiding two other pedestrians.
Cassie McCord, a 16-year-old student, suffered severe head injuries after being hit by Colin Horsfall as he twice swerved onto the pavement in Colchester, Essex, and struck her and another pedestrian.
She was taken to hospital but died the following day.
Just three days earlier, Horsfall, 87, had refused to surrender his licence to police after failing an eye test.
Colin Horsfall was caught on CCTV veering onto the pavement moments before he killed Cassie McCord in Colchester, Essex
The 87-year-old narrowly avoided hitting pedestrians as he mounted the pavement. Moments later he knocked down Cassie
PC Daniel Bellingham told the hearing how he had been called to the Tesco petrol station in High Woods, Colchester, after Mr Horsfall was involved in an accident.
PC Bellingham reported Mr Horsfall had told him: ‘I had gone to get fuel but I missed my turning so went in the back way. When I went to press the brake, my foot slipped onto the accelerator.’
His red Vauxhall Astra car ended up in some trees.
PC Bellingham said he gave Mr Horsfall a sight test and the pensioner was unable to read a car registration from 20 metres away, as is required.
Paramedics tend to Cassie after she was knocked down. She died the following day in hospital
He was only able to read the number plate from 16.2 metres. Mr Horsfall was driven home to Rowhedge and PC Bellingham asked him if he would surrender his licence.
PC Bellingham said: ‘I told him I would be submitting paperwork to the DVLA.
‘Mr Horsfall asked if he was permitted to drive. I told him he would be better off not doing so but he asked me again directly if he was allowed to.’
PC Bellingham faxed through the report of the incident to the DVLA two days later on Sunday, February 6.
Cassie's mother Jackie (left) paid tribute to a 'bubbly, vibrant girl', while many pople left flowers at the scene
Floral tributes at the scene where the car veered onto the pavement and hit Cassie
Horsfall never recovered from injuries sustained in the crash and died in hospital three months later
Cassie's grandmother Jean McLaughlin, 78, said she hoped the family to try to move on. She said: 'We have to try to go forwards. However, we can't understand why the driver got into his car after being warned by the police.
‘Anyone who cares about anybody else would not have done so.'
The red Vauxhall Astra smashed into Cassie and pinned her against a wall