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Pensioner caused Kingswinford death crash by falling asleep at the wheel
4:12pm Friday 15th February 2013 in News
A DUDLEY pensioner has admitted falling asleep at the wheel of his car and killing a 56-year-old man in Kingswinford.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Mohammed Hafeez, prosecuting, said Michael Worrall had not slept for a number of nights and he went out in his Vauxhall Astra to try and help with the problem.
Mr Hafeez added Worrall was then in collision with a Renault Megane in Stallings Lane killing Geoffrey Harris of Abberley Road, Lower Gornal.
Mr Harris had recently become a grandfather for the first time after his only daughter Kelly gave birth to a son Jacob - a child his family revealed he "doted on."
Worrall, of Withern Way, Lower Gornal, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Harris by driving dangerously, he was remanded on bail for a pre-sentence report.
The 70-year-old who spoke only to confirm his identity and to plead to the charge was told by Judge Michael Challinor it was expected he would be sentenced on Friday March 8.
Mr Hafeez described Worrall as a man who suffered from ill-health and he said that at the time of the tragedy he was taking medication.
He said: "He took his car out hoping it would assist him in getting to sleep," and added it was clear he had fallen asleep at the wheel.
The judge imposed an immediate interim disqualification on Worrall forbidding him from driving.
The death of Mr Harris left his wife Valerie and daughter Kelly distraught.
Mrs Harris said afterwards: "Geoff as he was known to us all was a loving husband and he had an addictive cheeky personality.
"He was a generous and funny man who was well liked by all his friends and family. My daughter Kelly is distraught at losing her father to such a tragic incident and now raising Jacob without a grandfather in his life."
Emergency crews were called to the accident on February 27 last year. Mr Harris was in cardiac arrest and he was rushed to hospital where he later died.