A PENSIONER has been found guilty of dangerous driving after her car ploughed into and killed an 86-year-old woman at a supermarket cash machine.
Pauline Cove (78), was convicted of two charges: causing the death of Doris Lush (86) and the serious injuries to her 22-year-old granddaughter Rebecca in relation to what Southampton Crown Court heard was a “shocking” incident at the Totton Morrisons superstore on 12th July 2018.
The jury was shown CCTV footage of the incident, during which the red Peugeot 206 car Cove was driving struck the two victims while they were standing near the ATM.
Cove, who had finished her shopping, reversed out of a disabled parking bay and was driving towards the store at 11.55am when she collided with both women.
After the crash, other motorists and shoppers rushed to help the victims before paramedics arrived. Both were rushed to hospital but Doris could not be saved.
Rebecca suffered serious leg injuries which required a six-week hospital stay. During that time, she underwent “numerous procedures” including skin grafts, the court heard.
In her defence, Cove admitted she caused the crash but suggested she fainted in the moments before and was thereby incapable of avoiding it.
However, the prosecution, led by Rose Burns, contested that claim, suspecting her foot slipped or she accidentally hit the accelerator pedal. Moments after the crash, the jury heard, Cove was conscious and told someone who went to her aid: “Those poor women.”
She was also pictured on CCTV with both hands on the steering wheel moments before the impact and sitting in an upright position, while witnesses said her car was “lurching forward” amid “heavy revving”.
Cove, of Hounsdown Avenue, Totton, was granted unconditional bail to appear at Salisbury Crown Court for sentence on 30th November.