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Posted on Friday 17 June 2022

“I waited for Eddie to come home, like any other day and make the dinner. Eddie never returned.” 

Eddie Bell was a much-loved great-grandfather who lived in Consett with his wife, Marie. 

On the morning of June 19 last year, he left his home to go and get some shopping – like he did most days. 

Tragically, the 76-year-old would never return home. As he crossed Delves Lane, he was hit by a Seat Leon being driven by David Tolson. 

The 26-year-old was driving at 57mph – 27mph over the 30mph speed limit – when he struck Eddie. He was also not wearing his glasses. 

Eddie was treated by paramedics but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. 

Tolson, of Dere Road, Consett, was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. 

Tolson pleaded guilty to the offence and was jailed for 38 months at Durham Crown Court today (June 17). He was also disqualified from driving for 78 months. 

In a victim impact statement read out at court, his widow, Marie, said: “We all loved my husband, Eddie, dearly. He was the head of our clan – a father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Eddie was devoted to our family – if he couldn’t fix the problem, nobody could. 

“Eddie was tragically taken from us and leaves a void in our lives which can never be filled.” 

Detective Constable Jayne Gatland, from Durham Constabulary’s Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This has been a tragic case for all involved and my thoughts remain with Eddie’s widow, Marie, and his family and friends, of which he had many. 

“Tolson was travelling significantly over the speed limit of 30mph. He was also not wearing his glasses, which he was required to while driving. 

“As this case has shown, speed limits are there for a reason – to save lives, and stop other families going through the heartache of losing a loved one in the most horrendous of circumstances.”

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