THE family of a man killed in a Poole crash has said his memory will ‘live on in their hearts’ – as a driver convicted of causing his death by driving without due care and attention was handed a community order.
Wayne Legg, 44, of Wimborne Road, Poole, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday (September 15), where he was sentenced for his role in the crash that caused the death of 89-year-old Edward ‘Ted’ Teggin on June 24 last year.
He was sentenced to a community order with a requirement to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Legg was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.
At around 9.50am on the day of the collision, Legg was driving a Vauxhall Zafira along Heckford Road toward the junction with Wimborne Road.
Mr Teggin was walking along the pavement on Wimborne Road.
When the Zafira stopped at the junction, he proceeded to cross the road in front of the vehicle. At that point, Legg drove forward, colliding with Mr Teggin.
He was taken to hospital but sadly died on June 29.
After Legg was sentenced, Ted’s family spoke of their ‘devastation’ at his loss.
“The devastation we have felt at losing our beloved dad, grandad and great grandad has at times been too hard to bear,” they said.
“He may have reached 89 but he was still living a full life and this was so tragically cut short.
“We are mourning the loss of a man who worked hard until his retirement and then after losing his wife to cancer he continued to live independently and was always out and about.
“He was so proud of his service in the Royal Navy and kept his loyalty to St Helens Rugby and Everton Football Club despite moving south in the 50s.
“His loss is not just ours, it is felt just as strongly by the numerous friends and acquaintances in Poole town centre who loved having a chat and a laugh during his daily visits.
“This community unveiled a plaque in his memory on one of the shopping centre benches.
“Everyone mourns the loss of a loved one at some point in their lives but when you lose someone so suddenly and in these circumstances grieving is delayed and constantly interrupted by all the other issues you have to deal with but we are beginning to remember the times that made us laugh and his memory will live on in our hearts.”
Sergeant Richard Stroud, of Dorset Police’s Roads Policing Team, said: “It is clear from our investigation that Wayne Legg failed to make sufficient checks of his surroundings as he pulled off from the junction, which resulted in the collision with Mr Teggin that ultimately had fatal consequences.
“This case is another very sad reminder of the need for motorists to ensure they drive carefully and considerately at all times on our roads.”