Pensioner whose driving killed St Albans dad sentenced

AN elderly woman who killed a jogger while driving along a country road has been fined �500.

Paul Farmer from St Albans was running along Oaklands Lane in Smallford when the fatal accident involving 88-year-old driver Gladys Deverill happened on the morning of May 15 last year.

Mr Farmer, 55, of Harlesden Road, was taken to the QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City after the incident but later died of his injuries.

He left behind his wife of 33 years Rona, their daughter Sian and sons Emlyn and Alun.

Mrs Deverill, of Bramble Road, Hatfield, who was driving a silver Ford Fiesta, admitted causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving when she appeared at Central Herts Magistrates’ Court last month.

She was fined �500, disqualified from driving for three years, and ordered to pay �102 costs, which includes a �15 victim surcharge. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

Mr Farmer was a keen runner and was training for the St Albans Half Marathon at the time of the fatal accident. He had raised money for various charities through his running and other hobbies included photography, fly-fishing, riding his motorbike and sailing.

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He also taught young people to sail and had run a junior squash club in Harpenden between 1992 and 2000.

Paying tribute to her husband at the time of his death, Mrs Farmer said: “Paul was a good provider and companion. He was a loving person and always there for people. He will be missed by so many.”

Daughter Sian said: “Dad always had time for people. He was a genuine and professional man. He was my sounding board and I’d always go to him if I needed advice.”