October 21 2014 Latest news:
Sam Blewett, Reporter
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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.