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Death Crash Driver may Never have held Driving Licence

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:13am 26th October 2012

A Cornish pensioner who killed his partner in a crash may never have held a driving licence.

Truro Crown Court has heard how there is no evidence of any records for Derek Knight.

The sixty-eight year old from St Ewe lost control and hit a tree last year as he tried to overtake a cyclist on the Truro to Trispen A39 road on 4 June last year.

Knight, of The Old Stables, St Ewe, near St Austell, veered off the road, across a grass verge and collided head on with a tree.

His front seat passenger 76-year-old Mrs Buttery suffered severe chest injuries and died at the scene. She had been his partner for more than twenty years.

Knight denied having driven carelessly, claiming that he believed a piece of cardboard behind the footwell trim had fallen down and jammed his feet, causing the engine to rev hard as he crossed the grass.

After prosecutor Philip Lee had revealed that there was no record of Knight having ever held a driving licence, Judge Graham Cottle remanded him on bail to await sentence following the preparation of a probation officer's report.

The accident occurred at about noon on a fine day when traffic was heavy.

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