Driver, 53, who was high on coke when he killed schoolgirl, 10, has been convicted of two further drug-driving offences while waiting for case to come to court
- The judge thanked victim Lily Lockwood’s family for attending court
A driver who was high on coke when he killed a schoolgirl has been convicted of two further drug-driving offences while waiting for the case to come to court.
Gavin Prodger, 53, admitted causing the death of Lily Lockwood whilst having excess drugs in his system at the time of the crash in July 2021.
But Maidstone Crown Court was told that since the fatal accident Prodger has twice been convicted of drug-driving.
Judge Philip Statman took the unusual step of addressing the victim’s family from a seat in the corner of his bench to thank them for attending and explain why it had taken more than two years for Prodger to enter his guilty pleas.
Prodger, of Beaulieu Rise, Rochester, pleaded guilty to causing her death in Watling Street, Dartford. He was warned he faces a long sentence as the case was adjourned until October 23.
Gavin Prodger, 53, admitted causing the death of Lily Lockwood (pictured) whilst having excess drugs in his system at the time of the crash in July 2021
He had denied the more serious charge of causing her death by driving dangerously and he was cleared when the Crown offered no evidence.
Jobless Prodger, who also admitted possessing a Class A drug, lowered his head as Lily’s family were introduced to the judge.
Judge Statman told them: ‘I express my sincere condolences to all of you.’
He then ordered a pre-sentence report before adjourning sentencing.
The judge granted Prodger – who is already serving a driving ban for the other two driving offences – bail until the next hearing.
Gavin Prodger, 53, pleaded guilty to causing her death in Watling Street, Dartford, while having excess drugs in his system, including cocaine at Maidstone Crown Court (pictured)
An inquest has already been opened into the child’s death who was struck by a yellow Audi S1 near the junction with Meadow Way.
The Brent Primary School pupil was taken to Kings College Hospital for treatment where she died shortly after on July 12.
A medical cause of death was given as ‘catastrophic brain injuries’ related to a road traffic incident.
Almond Park, a local play area near to where Lily lived, is now set to become a permanent memorial. It was revealed in March that the community space is going to be renovated with a butterfly theme in honour of the youngster.
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