A driver has been charged with causing the death of a retired lecturer after he caught Covid in the hospital he was being treated in and died.
Granddad Christopher Pack, 69, was knocked down outside his Maidstone home on December 29 last year.
The collision left him with a fractured right femur and he was admitted to hospital.
He had been there for three weeks when he contracted Covid and died one week later, reports.
Smail Afafsa, 54, appeared in Maidstone Magistrate's Court accused of causing the lecturer's death by dangerous driving.
Mr Pack was knocked down just hundreds of yards from his home on Milton Street – where he had lived since the 1970s
He was also charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and for failing to stop after an accident.
Mr Park – who worked as a social work course leader at the University of Kent – was hit at around 1.15pm on the street he'd lived since the 1970s.
Afafsa, who lives a few hundred yards from where Mr Pack was hit, was not asked to enter a plea to any of the charges.
Afafsa requested to have an Algerian-speaking interpreter at the trial before he was released on unconditional bail.
Maidstone Crown Court will hold the first hearing set for November 8.
Mr Pack's widow Barbara told Kent Online outside the court that her husband was enjoying his retirement, and that he loved to keep busy and perform odd DIY jobs around their home.
She said: "He did all the cooking and was a great baker too. He adored his family, myself and our daughters; Laura and Chloe, son-in-law Steve, and granddaughter Florence.
"He also loved his friends and animal companions. He is hugely loved and missed by us all."