‘Kind and friendly’ Blackpool pensioner killed by driver as he was crossing the road

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Matthew Jackson will be sentenced in January for causing Paul Baker’s death by careless driving

 

Paul Baker died after being struck by a car on the zebra crossing in Kincraig Road
Paul Baker died after being struck by a car on the zebra crossing in Kincraig Road (Image: Google)

A driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a pensioner by careless driving.

Paul Baker, 70, suffered multiple injuries when he was struck by a grey Honda Civic driven by Matthew Jackson, 58, as Mr Baker crossed the road outside his flat in Blackpool.

Witnesses described the pensioner being thrown through the air during the collision.

Mr Baker, described by friends as ‘a Jack the lad’, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but never recovered from his injuries and died two weeks later.

Jackson denied he was driving carelessly when he struck the pedestrian in Kincraig Road on September 22, 2018.

He told police he did not see the pedestrian on the crossing, which was outside a primary school.

Witnesses said Mr Baker stepped on to the crossing without looking. But the jury found Jackson guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Mr Baker, a father-of-four, was described as a “nice, friendly person” who was well known in the community.

Jackson, of Briarwood Close, Blackpool, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on January 21 next year.