Worcester pensioner, 87, facing jail after mowing down three people


Pauline Haynes admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving (Pictures: Google Maps/ SWNS)

An 87-year-old woman is facing up to five years’ prison after ploughing into two women and a boy while trying to reverse out of a garden centre.

All three were knocked to the ground as she reversed ‘at speed’, leaving one of the women maimed.

Pauline Haynes admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in court this week and has been banned from driving before she is sentenced in July.

The court heard Haynes was backing out of the car park at Broomfields Farm Shop and Garden Centre in Worcester when she suddenly shot backwards.

Prosecutors said: ‘She reversed out of the parking space in order to reverse out of the garden centre.

‘Unfortunately, as she reversed, she travelled at some speed backwards towards people stood outside the shop.

‘One of those was Nicola Weir, she was waiting to be served food from a hatch. The vehicle collided with one of the display tables.

Mrs Weir and her son were knocked to the ground, although the boy did not suffer suffer any injuries.


NB - Best quality available. Pauline Haynes appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court. See SWNS story SWMDdriver. An 87-year-old woman is the UK?s oldest dangerous driver after she mowed down three people at a garden centre. Pauline Haynes ploughed into two women and a boy while reversing her Mazda at speed out of a car park. Mum Nicola Weir and her son were queuing for food when they were knocked down by Haynes who ploughed through a series of display tables. Haynes then careered through an apple orchard at Broomfields Farm Shop and garden centre in Worcester, where she pinned Dawn Walters to a tree.

Ms Haynes’ driving left one woman maimed after being pinned against a tree (Picture: SWNS)

The prosecution continued: ‘She continued to reverse towards an orchard, and that was where second victim [Dawn] Walters was.

‘The vehicle was still reversing at speed and collided with Miss Walters, pinning her against a tree.’

Ms Walters was airlifted to hospital but her injuries have been life-changing.

Prosecutors added: ‘Her injuries were significant. She can’t walk, she will need a operation.

‘She lives in constant pain, she can’t carry out (daily) activities, and there are other injuries.’

The court heard Haynes, who has been bailed before her sentencing at Worcester Crown Court next month, has surrendered her license and vowed never to drive again. Her defence team said it was a ‘tragic accident’.

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