Kingsbury man found guilty of causing the death of Tamworth pensioner in December 2018

Friday, 19th February 2021

A MAN from Kingsbury has been found guilty of causing the death of a 92-year-old in 2018 by careless driving at Stafford Crown Court today.

Roger Cope, aged 50, from Kingsbury, was found guilty of causing the death of Isaac Wright, known lovingly by locals as Ike, on 21 December 2018 by careless driving.

He will be sentenced on 10 March at Birmingham Crown Court. He will also be sentenced for perverting the course of justice which he pleaded guilty to in December 2019.

Cope, who was driving his Citroen Picasso, struck Mr Wright at around 10.45pm on Watling Street, near to the crossroads with Dosthill Road – close to Two Gates Club and the Bulls Head.

Cope drove away from the scene, causing a manhunt for the person responsible which we reported on at the time.

Tragically, Mr Wright died at the scene.

We reported how Two Gates Club where the pensioner was a member, had offered a cash reward to anyone who passed information to the police that lead to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Speaking at the time, a post on the clubs Facebook page, said:

“On Friday 21st Dec 2018 at approximately 22:45 a well loved 92-year-old member of Two Gates Club was hit by a vehicle whilst crossing the road at Two Gates and sadly passed away at the scene.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends and everyone at the club is saddened by the loss of such a wonderful gentleman. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop

“We are offering a £1000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the driver”.

We cannot however confirm if information was as a result of the appeal but we do know that Cope was arrested two days after the collision.

At Tamworth Informed, our thoughts remain with the gentleman’s family and friends, along with anyone who attended the scene and assisted in bringing the offender to justice.