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Sheerness driver who killed pensioner after driving into Age UK minibus to be sentenced next month

A driver who admitting killing a 77-year-old woman after ploughing into an Age UK minibus will be sentenced next month.

Rebecca Hickey, of Alma Road, Sheerness , will know her fate on Friday, November 6, at Maidstone Crown Court after causing the death of Eileen Murray by driving dangerously more than 21 month ago.

Eileen 'Pat' Murray died in a horror head-on crash
Eileen 'Pat' Murray died in a horror head-on crash

The 35-year-old was driving a black Peugeot 307 when it collided with the bus in Marine Parade, Sheerness , just before 10am on Wednesday, January 16, last year.

udge Adele Williams - who has since retired - had ordered a probation report after revealing three others were also hurt and another passenger later died - but a pathologist ruled it was not linked to the accident.

The bus had been carrying four elderly women on their way to the Sheppey Age UK day centre in Trinity Road for lunch.

All were treated in hospital following the crash, which happened near the former Catamaran Yacht Club.

Ms Murray, from The Maples in The Broadway, Minster , passed away later that evening.

Known as Pat, she was described by her family as someone who “enjoyed being in the thick of her community”.

'Pat was always very friendly and had a great sense of humour.'

Speaking after the incident last year, her family said in a tribute: "We are terribly sad to have lost our dear sister and very much loved Auntie Pat, she will be missed by many.

"Pat was always very friendly and had a great sense of humour.

"She enjoyed being in the thick of her community and loved working at the local shop until her retirement when she would then pass her time helping her elderly neighbours, who would look out for her too.

"We miss her so much and feel that she was taken from us way too soon. We love you Pat."

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