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Yodel van delivery driver who hit and killed 89-year-old cyclist and didn't even have a driving licence is jailed for 13 months

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Yodel van delivery driver who hit and killed 89-year-old cyclist and didn't even have a driving licence is jailed for 13 months

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A delivery driver for Yodel whose van struck and killed an old age pensioner has been jailed after it emerged he didn't even have a driving licence.

Omar Camara-Taborda, 33, was finishing his shift when he struck 89-year-old Kenneth Turner in Cambridge on March 25, 2020.

Camara-Taborda was working as a delivery driver for Santos Despatch Ltd, which was operating as a subcontractor for Yodel - one of the UK's largest courier services.

When police arrived at the scene he claimed he held a full Portuguese licence that he had left at home.

But the next day Camara-Taborda presented detectives with a fraudulent Portuguese licence.

Further checks revealed that the courier held a provisional UK licence and had lied to obtain insurance while failing to disclose a previous motoring conviction.

Camara-Taborda initially admitted to driving the van but claimed he didn't see cyclist Kenneth Turner until he was in front of his vehicle.

Turner was not wearing a helmet and was taken to hospital but died of his injuries the following day.

The junction of Newmarket Road and Barnwell Road, in Cambridge, where Camara-Taborda hit Kenneth Turner, 89, on March 25, 2020
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The junction of Newmarket Road and Barnwell Road, in Cambridge, where Camara-Taborda hit Kenneth Turner, 89, on March 25, 2020

Camara-Taborda, of Peterborough, was jailed for one year and one month at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday. He was also handed a 30-month driving ban.

He was previously found guilty of causing death by careless driving and admitted further charges of possessing a false identity document with intent and fraud.

Detective Sergeant Mark Dollard, of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit, said: 'It's incredibly sad when we have to attend incidents where drivers have made a mistake resulting in tragedy.

'It is vital that people drive in a safe, considerate way to prevent awful instances like this in future.

'We attend these kinds of incidents far too often and many are completely avoidable.'
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