A MOTORIST who killed a ‘caring, loving’ pensioner by driving carelessly in Christchurch has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.

William George Martin, of Princess Road in Poole, was behind the wheel of a blue Ford Focus when he was involved in a collision with 82-year-old Joy Norman in Somerford Road on the afternoon of March 18.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, Ms Norman died at the scene.

Last week, the defendant, 55, admitted causing death by careless or considerate driving during a hearing at Poole Magistrates’ Court.

He was given a community order for 12 months with a requirement to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

Martin was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £85.

In addition, magistrates disqualified him from driving for 12 months.

In a statement released after the crash, Ms Norman’s family said: “The family of Joy Norman would like to thank the local community for their flowers and tributes, especially those who tried so hard to save her life.

“A big thank you also to the emergency services and the police family support officers who have been there for us during this sad time.

“We miss Joy so much already. She was a loving sister, aunt and friend.

“Our family get-togethers will never be the same without her sense of fun and slightly fey character.

“Joy cared for children all her working life and for family, friends and neighbours during her retirement.

“She is and will be greatly missed.”

PC Jay Griffin, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said the case should remind all motorists to take care when on the roads.

“Our thoughts are with the family of Joy and we would like to thank them for their support during the investigation and court process,” PC Griffin said.

“This case is once again a demonstration of the devastating consequences that can result when motorists fail to drive with appropriate care and consideration.”