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Editor’s comment: No excuse for cowardly hit and run driver

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 September 2018

Robert Clarke has been jailed for three and a half years after crashing into two motorbikes on New Year's Day. Photos: Essex Police

Robert Clarke has been jailed for three and a half years after crashing into two motorbikes on New Year's Day. Photos: Essex Police

Archant

If you’ve had your driving licence revoked because of poor eyesight, then clearly you know you are not safe to be behind the wheel of a car.

So there is no excuse for Robert Clarke who has been jailed for seriously injuring two motorcyclists when he ploughed into them on New Year’s Day.

He drove off and left the pair lying in the road.

One of them was in a coma for almost four months and suffered a life-changing brain injury.

Clarke’s licence had been revoked by the DVLA because his eyesight was not up to the legal standard. He therefore had no insurance and yet got into the car, knowing he could not see well and tried to overtake another vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

That’s not simply a mistake, that is a calculated act, made cowardly by the fact he drove off after the accident instead of trying to help his victims.

In three years he will be out of prison and let’s hope he doesn’t ever get behind the wheel of a car again.

It will soon be 100 years since countries laid down their arms to mark the end of the First World War.

It was supposed to be the war to end all wars. It lasted from July 28, 1914 until November 11, 1918.

To mark this historic occasion we would like to hear from readers whose relatives took part either by seeing action in battles at land, sea or in the air, or who were behind the Front Line or on the Home Front.

Or if you are planning to commemorate the anniversary on Remembrance Day in November, let us know.

We are planning to produce a supplement to mark the anniversary of armistice.

If you would like to commemorate a relative involved in the war in our pages by sharing their story with us, please get in touch with reporter Jon King.

Please call 020 8477 3893 or email jonathan.king@archant.co.uk

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