A GRANDFATHER who had a heart attack during a speed awareness course was threatened with prosecution when he failed to finish it.
David Williams, 78, opted to take the ‘re-education’ workshop after he was caught driving through a red light.
But while attending he passed out when having the heart attack and went to Bristol Royal Infirmary for open heart surgery that left him in a coma.
After Mr Williams (pictured) collapsed last month, he received a letter from course organisers TTC stating he must take ‘urgent action’. He was also warned by Avon and Somerset police speed enforcement unit that failure to meet fixed penalty requirements would result in a summons.
Despite his family sending in a sick note signed by a doctor, he was sent a further letter giving him 14 days to pay a £100 fine and receive three penalty points — or face a court hearing.
Granddaughter Amanda Lewis said: ‘It’s appalling. He attended the course, he just didn’t complete it because he had a heart attack. The doctors said he had a tear in his aorta vein, and was about to die.’
The pensioner is still in a high dependency unit in hospital. Police said: ‘We have made arrangements with Mr Williams’ family to resolve their concerns. We wish him a swift recovery.’