A 37-year-old man received a three year ban from driving after he admitted causing the death of a Worthing motorist last year. Sureshkumar Sivanathan appeared at Hove Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
Sureshkumar was driving a silver Honda that collided head on with the red Nissan of Edward Upton in Dorking Road, Horsham at 4.45 pm on July 1st 2012. Mr Upton, 68, of Carisbrooke Drive, Worthing died two days later at the Royal London Hospital. His wife Joan suffered a fractured pelvis and also had to be treated in hospital.
Sureshkumar, of Sandy Hill Avenue, Greenwich, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton with serious injuries and his wife was taken to Kings College Hospital in London with neck and leg injuries.
He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and given a five-month curfew to remain indoors between 8.00 pm and 5.00 am each day when he appeared in court. He was disqualified from driving for three years, must pass an extended driving test before he can use the roads again and was ordered to pay court costs of £500.
Mr Upton’s family today released a tribute to him. They said: “Edward was an extremely kind and gentle man. He was much loved by everyone who met him and a source of inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know him well.
“He will be forever missed by his wife Joan and his daughters Catherine and Louise and their families. It saddens us to know that he will not see his granddaughter, Lily, grow up or to give away his eldest daughter at her wedding later this summer.
“Edward is remembered as a man who overcame childhood polio to have a successful career and family. He is remembered for his love of cars, his determination and love of a challenge and his ability to mend things.
“His motto was always: ‘There’s no such word as can’t’. He and Joan were enjoying their retirement, especially visiting their holiday property in Cyprus.
“We understand that sentencing guidelines exist for a reason and that the sentence passed is in no way intended as a reflection on the loss that his family have to live with, but we still find it extremely difficult to comprehend how a lovely man can lose his life and how the man who caused the tragic accident can be free to live his.
“We appreciate that Edward and Joan were not the only people seriously injured and we wish Mr Sureshkumar’s wife a speedy recovery from her injuries also sustained in the accident.”