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Teenager killed pensioner in hit-and-run

PUBLISHED: 11:09 10 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:09 10 August 2015

Michael Philbert

Michael Philbert

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17-year-old did not even have a driving licence

A teenager who killed a pensioner in a hit-and-run after driving onto a footpath is facing jail.

Michael Philbert was just 17 and had no driving licence when he ploughed into Brenda Croke in Eynsham Drive, Abbey Wood, on the morning of June 19 last year.

Rather than try to help her, he drove off. Ms Croke, 64, of nearby Grovebury Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance crews.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of her death as multiple injuries.

Forensic evidence linked Philbert, of Constable Mews, Bromley, to the black Range Rover which had struck Ms Croke and he was arrested five days later on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Now 18, he admitted causing death by careless driving on Wednesday last week at Woolwich Crown Court.

Met Detective Sergeant Richard Budd said: “Philbert was unlicensed, untrained and uninsured and was driving at speed.

“His callous actions have had a devastating effect on the victim’s family. I would like to pay tribute to them and the many witnesses who came forward and helped secure this conviction.”

Philbert will be sentenced next month.

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