Man causes death of pensioner in crash tragedy

The late John (Jack) Winter of Crowle.
The late John (Jack) Winter of Crowle.

A man this week admitted causing the death of an elderly cyclist after a Crowle crash.

Adam Edward Hodgson, of Maple Avenue in the town, pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Adam Hodgson, of Crowle, leaves court.

Adam Hodgson, of Crowle, leaves court.

John Wilson Winter died after his electronically-assisted cycle was in collision with Hodgson’s Seat Ibiza.

The 94-year-old died from his injuries in Scunthorpe General Hospital two days after the November 6 tragedy.

The 3pm accident occurred at the junction of High Street and Godnow Road.

Richard Dawson, mitigating, asked Monday’s trial to be adjourned for preparation of a pre-sentence report.

“I anticipate that in terms of sentence you will require input from the probation service,” he said.

Richard Woolfall, prosecuting, accepted the 29-year-old had done all he could after the November incident, behaving impeccably.

He said: “Experts’ view was that the 94-year-old man had been wavering and riding out to the middle of the road and back again at the time of the accident.”

Judge Kate Buckingham said: “There are two statements that relate to Mr Winter being unstable before the collision.”

She added the court was considering a community-based order with requirements.

She imposed an interim driving disqualification on Hodgson, directing he should return to Hull Crown Court on February 21 for sentence following preparation of the report.

Following Mr Winter’s death, friends and relatives flooded Epworth Bells with tributes.

Known as Jack, he latterly lived at Bowling Green Road, Crowle. Friends described him as an “active” man and “well-known figure” in the town.

As a young man, he was known to have served in the army for several years, five of which were spent in India.

He also kept pigeons, and was one of a group of fanciers who met regularly at the White Hart pub in Crowle.

Wife of 64 years Sadie described him as a “loving husband and uncle and, despite his age, an active gentleman.”

Friend John Belton, of Cranidge Close in the town, added: “Jack was a part of Crowle. He was so active for his age. He was his own man.”