Tributes paid to hardworking John after death-driver jailed

The late John Holmes, of Brighouse, with one of his dogs. The 75-year-old pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car at Bradford Road, Brighouse, in July 2010.
The late John Holmes, of Brighouse, with one of his dogs. The 75-year-old pedestrian was killed after being hit by a car at Bradford Road, Brighouse, in July 2010.

HARD-WORKING John Holmes, who was knocked down and killed outside his home, has been remembered by his stepdaughter.

John, 75, was killed after being struck by Eleazer Lawrence. He was returning home after a Sunday walk and as he tried to cross Bradford Road, Brighouse, with his two dogs last year.

He had almost reached a pedestrian refuge when he was hit, causing multiple injuries.

Lawrence, who had been to a fast-food restaurant with his girlfriend and two children was jailed for 21 months at Bradford Crown Court earlier this week.

He admitted causing death by careless driving after driving at almost double the speed limit. The offence has a maximum sentence of five years.

The court was told if Lawrence, who had previous driving offences on his record, had been driving at 54mph or less, Mr Holmes would not have died.

Retired Mr Holmes, was the sole carer for his wife of 40 years,

His stepdaughter Janet Bilbie said: “He said he would care for her at home until the day he died, which he did.”

She said he had campaigned for restrictions to be put in place on the road where he died.

“John was very caring towards animals, adopting both his dogs, Jack and Benji from the RSPCA. The dogs were with John when the crash happened and Jack also died in the collision.”

She said her mum was now living in residential care.

“It is a blessing she does not understand what’s happened because of her mental state.

“She would have been heartbroken if she knew how he died.

“This week’s sentencing does bring a little comfort to know that the person responsible for Johns death has been jailed, but nothing will ever bring him back.

“His family and friends will all miss John a great deal.”