Moment bus driver kills pensioner after leaning down to pick up chocolate | The Sun

THIS is the horror moment a bus driver mows down a pensioner after leaning under the wheel to grab a chocolate bar.

Pedestrian Arthur Gowrie, 88, died two-days after the shocking smash in London as he tried to weave in and out of traffic with his shopping trolley.

Footage from inside the bus shows driver Garfield Balfour, 50, distracted as he rummages in his cab for the treat – edging forward in traffic without both hands on the wheel.

He knocked the octogenarian over in Walworth Road, Southwark, leaving Arthur with catastrophic head injuries.

The chilling CCTV shown at Inner London crown court on Thursday showed Mr Gowrie approaching the road on August 2, 2019.

Gripping a walking stick, the pensioner, who was on his way home at around 4pm, steps out into the road after looking left and right.


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He then passes in front of the bus and allegedly into a blind spot at 4.11pm.

But disturbing footage from inside the bus cab shows Balfour distracted as he reached for his chocolate.

He can also be seen putting on sunglasses.

But as Balfour looks down at the chocolate bar to open it, he moves forward with no hands on the wheel.

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He strikes Arthur who falls to the ground and hits his head.

Realising he had just run over the old man, Balfour throws himself out of the cab to attend to Mr Gowrie.

On Thursday, Prosecutor Wayne Cranston-Morris told Inner London Crown Court: "Balfour had stopped the bus and grabbed a chocolate bar.

"The defendant had no hands on the steering wheel and was not looking ahead."

Judge Nigel Peters asked: "So it's chocolate, foot off the brake, tiny movement?"

Mr Cranston-Morris replied: "It's not just foot off the brake, its foot on the accelerator."

The court heard "highly experienced" Balfour had been driving London busses since 2016 and had an "impeccable record".

Ms Elizabeth Lambert, defending added: "'He was waiting on the kerbside as so many people and takes a chance to cross the road when the traffic became stationary.

"No driver could have expected the deceased to have crossed the road.

"His hands weren't on the steering wheel, he is concentrating on the chocolate bar as anyone would do."

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Balfour, of Chrysell Road, Stockwell, admitted causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

He was as sentenced to 140 hours of unpaid work and had his driving licence suspended for 12 months.

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