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Driver guilty of causing death of partially sighted man

The victim, Robert Sims, died at the scene Credit: Sussex Police

A driver who killed a partially sighted man as he attempted to cross a road in Crawley has been sentenced.

Sussex Police were called to a collision between a blue Volkswagen Golf and a pedestrian on the A23 Brighton Road at 3.10pm on Friday 29 April, 2016.

The victim, Robert Sims, of Cuckfield Close, Crawley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 30-year-old, a keen runner, was on his way to the K2 leisure centre when he was struck in lane two of the northbound carriageway.

Both carriageways were closed for several hours while emergency services, including the air ambulance, were in attendance.

The driver – Amir Khan, 23, a mechanic, of Celandine Close, Crawley – received minor injuries and was later interviewed by police.

He denied any wrongdoing, and claimed he braked his car (pictured) as hard as he could when he spotted Mr Sims in the road.

However, evidence including witness statements and forensic analysis suggested he failed to react to the obvious risk presented to him at that location.

Khan was found guilty of causing death by careless driving. He was sentenced to a 12 months Community Order, 180 hours unpaid work, was disqualified from driving for three years and will need to take an extended re-test.