Search

Bricklayer pleads guilty to killing Brentwood’s Curtis McDonald through careless driving

PUBLISHED: 13:26 30 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:33 30 April 2014

Curtis McDonald, 49, died after he was hit by a car outside Brentwood Railway Station on Thursday, December 6

Curtis McDonald, 49, died after he was hit by a car outside Brentwood Railway Station on Thursday, December 6

Archant

A 49-year-old bricklayer pleaded guilty yesterday to killing Brentwood’s Curtis McDonald after hitting him with his van while speeding.

The victim’s family were left “devastated” by his untimely death.

Stuart Webb was speeding in his van as he struck Mr McDonald, 49, outside Brentwood railway station, on Kings Road, in December 2012.

Paramedics took the married Mr McDonald, of Junction Road, Warley, to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, but he died a short time after arriving.

Webb, of Britannia Road, Warley, was arrested at the scene and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving this week at Basildon Crown Court.

Investigating officer Det Insp Scott Egerton said: “Our investigation showed that Stuart Webb was driving above the speed limit and failed to see Curtis as he crossed the road.

“He chose to drive in excess of the speed limit, past a busy railway station and failed to see Curtis, leaving a family devastated by the loss of their loved one.

“Stuart Webb drove without due care and attention and will now pay the price for his decisions.

“This case must serve as a warning to all drivers to ensure that they drive below the speed limit and consider the hazards they may face on their journey.”

The victim’s wife, Gloria, issued a tribute at the time of his death.

She said: “Curtis was a great husband and a true family man. He loved all nieces and nephews and he spent lots of quality time with them. He will be greatly missed by us all, with family and friends left utterly shocked and devastated by this tragic incident.”

She added that he was a lover of music particularly soul, jazz and funk.

He had worked for the Ministry of Defence for nearly 10 years, travelling around the world, including to Cyprus and Germany.

Webb has been bailed until May 27 when he will be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court.

Latest Romford News Stories

As the government continues to make cuts to schools’ funding across the country, it is predicted more than £16 million will be axed from Havering’s budget by 2019.

Yesterday, 17:22

A dog owner whose pet was attacked by another dog on Saturday afternoon has warned of the threat posed by unruly and aggressive animals.

Yesterday, 14:52

A man appeared in court on Monday charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

Yesterday, 11:48

A father enjoyed a pleasant surprise when he took his family on a day out to Woburn Safari Park and was given the VIP treatment for becoming the park’s 20 millionth visitor.

Yesterday, 07:00

Havering’s A&E department has been given £1million from the Department of Health (DoH), to continue a pioneering project to cut waiting times.

Tue, 17:32

A nurse who had never before competed in a race let alone a marathon has raised more than £2,100 for Richard House Children’s Hospice.

Tue, 12:50

In an attempt to save lives and deter drivers from breaking speed limits, new sentencing guidelines came into effect yesterday.

Tue, 12:00

With obesity in adults and children continually rising, concerns abound not only as to the content of the food we are eating, and how active we are, but also to the medical conditions which can come on as a result.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now