Marjorie Tappenden killed Kevin Lane in February 2014 when she accidentally accelerated - she has been banned from driving for three years

A pensioner who killed a cyclist in Essex has been sentenced to a 12-month community order and banned from driving for three years at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Marjorie Tappenden, 74, collided with Kevin Lane, 53, on Woodford Green High Street last February when she accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake pedal at a junction.

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Tappenden then lost control of the car, trapping Mr Lane underneath, and didn’t take her foot off the pedal until the car came to a stop on a grass verge. Mr Lane died at the scene.

Mr Lane’s girlfriend Angela Cook said previously in court that Tappenden, who pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, should be banned from driving for life.

“I have been robbed of Kevin and I miss talking to him so much,” she said in court on Friday (January 30). “I met him when I was 22 and have known him for most of my adult life – I don’t know how I can carry on living without him.

“I am now 35 years old and classed as a widow.”

Sentencing, Judge William Kennedy, said: “For reasons which she couldn’t explain when she got to the junction she pressed the wrong pedal.

“Of course it took a few moments for the car to stop and it was these moments that took Mr Lane’s life.”

As well as the community order, Tappenden has been banned from driving for three years and will have to take an extended driving test should she wish to return to the road.

Source: Romford Recorder

  • Geography Police

    Woodfood Green is in London, not Essex.

  • Gary Lee Cooper

    Manslaughter!… Government should be in the dock for letting the pensioner drive!

  • Kevin Hancox

    To be fair, there is no way at all that in 3 years time a pensioner could pass an extended driving test…! That is effective a life ban, i know it is not, but if she got confused with that, then a test that is twice as long as a normal test that requires you to get less than 5 minors, i can tell you, is NOT gonna happen…

  • Marc Tufano

    In three years time, should she kill again, her next victim could be a child. The sentence is unduly lenient and an insult to the dead victim and his family. UK fathers just trying to see their own kids after a divorce get very long jail sentences, and yet killing a cyclist is not even a jail sentence…The least the court could have done was to ban her from driving, for life. The message it sends is that it’s legal to kill cyclists and claim a defence of driver error. She will be free in three years to kill again. RIP Kevin Lane, a life totally destroyed, and his partner and families lives also. Clearly those who past sentence are not cyclists but car drivers and that should have been dislcosed at the sentencing of banning her from driving for three years when her victim is dead. The victims should APPEAL.

  • Guest

    In three years time, should she kill again, her next victim could be a child. The sentence is unduly lenient and an insult to the dead victim and his family. UK fathers just trying to see their own kids after a divorce get very long jail sentences, and yet killing a cyclist is not even a jail sentence…The least the court could have done was to ban her from driving, for life. The message it sends is that it’s legal to kill cyclists and claim a defence of driver error. She will be free in three years to kill again. RIP Kevin Lane, a life totally destroyed, and his wife and children’s lives also. Clearly those who past sentence are not cyclists but car drivers and that should have been dislcosed at the sentencing of banning her from driving for three years when her victim is dead. The victims should APPEAL.

  • Riggah

    There must be thousands of people out there who should not be allowed anywhere near a motor vehicle yet our government hands them licences and allows them to drive. Do our politicians actually give a **** about road safety?