Eyesight test could have saved our Fiona

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A DISABLED Sheffield woman killed by an 87-year-old driver with poor eyesight has prompted calls in Parliament for motorists to have their eyes tested every 10 years.

Fiona Buckley, aged 43, was struck by a car as she travelled along Abbey Lane, Beauchief, in her motorised scooter in December 2008.

Fiona, who had spina bifida, suffered head, chest and pelvic injuries and died six weeks later.

Doctors found the driver could not read a car number plate from the required distance of 20.5 metres and had cataracts in both eyes and suffered from age-related macular degeneration.

During a Sheffield Crown Court hearing last year the pensioner pleaded guilty to death by careless driving, but was handed an absolute discharge after the court heard even if he had normal vision he might not have seen her.

Fiona’s MP Meg Munn called for tougher rules on eyesight testing for drivers during a parliamentary debate.

The Heeley MP accused Transport Minister Theresa Villiers of taking a complacent approach to the safety of road users.

She said: “The Minister argued the Government’s arrangements strike the right balance between road safety and personal mobility.

“I was extremely disappointed to receive such a complacent response to what I, and many people agree to be a very important issue.”

Fiona’s aunt Joy Barnes said: “Fiona’s death could so easily have been prevented.

“As a family we are extremely saddened that once again the Government’s stance is that money will be the deciding factor over what is a sensible way forward with a fundamental principle, this being that anyone driving a vehicle on the road should have eyesight which does not render them a danger to other road users, pedestrians or themselves.”