Pensioner banned for crashing into houses says he hopes to drive again

Essex County Standard: Pensioner banned for crashing into houses says he hopes to drive again Pensioner banned for crashing into houses says he hopes to drive again

A PENSIONER who was banned from driving after smashing into three houses is hoping to get back behind the wheel.

Kenneth Leach, 83, was on his way to hospital when his silver Kia Rio mounted the kerb and crashed into houses in Trinity Road, Halstead, on June 24.

He was given a 12-month driving ban after admitting careless driving and driving unsupervised while only having a provisional licence.

The retired electrician will now have to sit a driving test, but said he wanted to drive again.

After his court appearance, he said: “The crash hasn’t knocked my confidence. It was purely an accident.

I’m a confident driver.

“I’m better than some of the youngsters on the road today. I think my driving is very good.

“I would like to be driving again, despite what happened.”

Mr Leach, of Upper Trinity Road, Halstead, said relying on public transport was a struggle.

He added: “I used to love driving and now I can’t get out. I can’t visit anyone unless I get buses or trains.

“I can’t get into town because I have a disability with my leg. I have to order taxis and that’s costing me money.”

Mr Leach faced Colchester Magistrates’ Court last week after he drove into the porch and demolished the front wall of Les Littler’s house, as well as damaging the walls of two other houses.

He was told he must take an extensive test if he wanted to get behind the wheel again.

He said: “I thought the court was fair. I expected more than that in terms of the £110 fine.”

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12:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

creditcrunch2010 says...

Think he should count his blessings he crashed into bricks and mortar not pedestrians!
Think he should count his blessings he crashed into bricks and mortar not pedestrians! creditcrunch2010

12:37pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Idiot!
Idiot! Say It As It Is OK?

1:01pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Wicky1 says...

£110 fine! for driving without a licence, being uninsured and careless driving. Well he's saved himself a bob or two over the years not forking out for anything apart from petrol so he should be able to afford taxis.

Admittedly I'm probably bitter as I've just had to fork out £100 for being 8mph over the speed limit...
£110 fine! for driving without a licence, being uninsured and careless driving. Well he's saved himself a bob or two over the years not forking out for anything apart from petrol so he should be able to afford taxis. Admittedly I'm probably bitter as I've just had to fork out £100 for being 8mph over the speed limit... Wicky1

1:58pm Mon 16 Dec 13

hughie-s says...

“I used to love driving and now I can’t get out. "

How did he mange that on a provisional licence?
“I used to love driving and now I can’t get out. " How did he mange that on a provisional licence? hughie-s

2:11pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Route88 says...

He is the sort of older 'driver' who give the rest a bad name. Maybe he would have thought twice about his stupid idea had the magistrates treated the offences seriously and not let him walk out of court with a very light slap across the wrist!
He is the sort of older 'driver' who give the rest a bad name. Maybe he would have thought twice about his stupid idea had the magistrates treated the offences seriously and not let him walk out of court with a very light slap across the wrist! Route88

2:39pm Mon 16 Dec 13

apec96 says...

Better than younger drivers? Most younger drivers live in fear of their 3000GBP+ premiums skyrocketing by even slight accidents, most are too scared to plough into houses!!!
Better than younger drivers? Most younger drivers live in fear of their 3000GBP+ premiums skyrocketing by even slight accidents, most are too scared to plough into houses!!! apec96

2:48pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Madcowmac says...

Omg he will be in a mobility scooter next
Omg he will be in a mobility scooter next Madcowmac

3:23pm Mon 16 Dec 13

co4 says...

“The crash hasn’t knocked my confidence. It was purely an accident."

Nobody cares about your confidence. Selfish fool. Go and see how much sympathy you get from Jackie McCord.
“The crash hasn’t knocked my confidence. It was purely an accident." Nobody cares about your confidence. Selfish fool. Go and see how much sympathy you get from Jackie McCord. co4

5:10pm Mon 16 Dec 13

peachey says...

"I’m a confident driver. I’m better than some of the youngsters on the road today. I think my driving is very good"

Clearly not!
"I’m a confident driver. I’m better than some of the youngsters on the road today. I think my driving is very good" Clearly not! peachey

6:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

That silly old sod should have his driving license taken away before he kills somebody.
That silly old sod should have his driving license taken away before he kills somebody. Mind your own business

6:47pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

He's probably driving again now he didn't even have a full license so why is a ban going to stop him driving, he is going to have to take the driving test again he never even took one in the first place, the people of Halstead and Colchester should keep an eye out for this selfish little man because I bet he'll be behind the wheel again within a week. The £110 fine it's pathetic he should've had the book thrown at him.
He's probably driving again now he didn't even have a full license so why is a ban going to stop him driving, he is going to have to take the driving test again he never even took one in the first place, the people of Halstead and Colchester should keep an eye out for this selfish little man because I bet he'll be behind the wheel again within a week. The £110 fine it's pathetic he should've had the book thrown at him. Mind your own business

7:49pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Yabba Dabba says...

He doesn't want to use taxis because it costs him money?

So are car tax, petrol, insurance, MOTs, car parking and general car maintenance all free now? Must have missed the memo on that one!
He doesn't want to use taxis because it costs him money? So are car tax, petrol, insurance, MOTs, car parking and general car maintenance all free now? Must have missed the memo on that one! Yabba Dabba

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