A driver's momentary lapse in concentration resulted in her running over an 82-year-old pedestrian.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim subsequently spent four months in hospital and still needed daily physiotherapy six months down the line.

Lisa Mitchell, 44, of Columbia Way, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by careless driving.

She was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 150 hours unpaid work.

She was also banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £114 victim surcharge.

Carl Gaffney, prosecuting, said the collision happened in Wellgate, Clitheroe, at 3.30pm on November 15, 2022.

CCTV footage from a nearby pub showed victim Robert Ferguson walking down Wellgate on the right-hand side of the road.

He started to cross and the Citroen C4 driven by Mitchell, which was turning into Lowergate hit him when he was about halfway across the road.

Mr Gaffney said the low speed collision knocked Mr Ferguson to the floor where he was quickly attended to by an off-duty paramedic before being taken to hospital.

In a victim impact statement Mr Ferguson said even after spending four months in hospital he was still confined to his home and was unable to pursue any of his interests, which include playing the organ in church and being a choir leader.

Gina Buckley, mitigating, said her client was on her way home from work and fully accepted failing to look to her right while looking for cars coming from her left.

“She was extremely shaken by what happened and she has been severely affected in terms of anxiety,” said Miss Buckley.

“Family members have described her as a different person and her husband has said to me he just wants his wife back.”

Miss Buckley said her client’s husband had been a firefighter but had taken early retirement so he could be the driver for their two teenage children.