Hero of London Bridge terror attack, 70, was run over and killed by motorist, ...

A grandfather knocked down and killed by a motorist was a hero of the London Bridge terror attack, a court heard. 

Stephen Hilder, 70, was caught up in the atrocity which left 11 dead and 48 wounded when returning home from the Epsom Derby with his son.

The June 2017 attack saw terrorists Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba first mow down pedestrians using a van then knife people at random in Borough Market.

Despite fears for his own safety, Mr Hilder ignored orders to take cover to instead help and stay with an injured woman until the emergency services arrived. 

His brave actions were revealed at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, during the sentencing hearing of the driver who fatally struck him while 'cutting a corner' 18 months later. 

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Former milkman Stephen Hilder, 70, was caught up in the London Bridge terror attack which left 11 dead and 48 wounded in 2017 and stopped to help an injured woman

Former milkman Stephen Hilder, 70, was caught up in the London Bridge terror attack which left 11 dead and 48 wounded in 2017 and stopped to help an injured woman

Retired milkman Mr Hilder was returning from a trip to the Epsom Derby in Surrey with his son Martin, when they went into the capital for a drink just as the terrorists struck.

Mr Hilder's son Daniel said in a victim impact statement that his dad's response demonstrated that 'not even the threat to his own life would stand in the way of his ability to help others'.

Mr Hilder was knocked down and killed by a motorist 18 months after his heroic actions during the London Bridge terror attack

Mr Hilder was knocked down and killed by a motorist 18 months after his heroic actions during the London Bridge terror attack

Mr Hilder, known as Seve, was knocked down by a Land Rover Freelander driven by David Smith as he walked to work on an industrial estate near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, at 8.20am on January 4, 2019.

Smith, himself heading to work at a nearby Hermes depot, ended up on the wrong side of the road as he turned into Chapman Way from North Farm Road in High Brooms.

Mr Hilder had already started to cross the busy junction but stopped just short of the central dividing line to check for traffic and to wait for the Freelander to pass him.

However, 56-year-old Smith failed to spot him in time and only applied his brakes after hitting him head on in an 'awful and tragic incident', the court heard.

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The collision, which was captured on CCTV and played in court, resulted in Mr Hilder striking his head on the ground.

The keen marathon runner was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Hilder, 70, became caught up in the atrocity (pictured) when returning home from the Epsom Derby with his son

Mr Hilder, 70, became caught up in the atrocity (pictured) when returning home from the Epsom Derby with his son

Smith knew the area well, having worked at the Hermes site for two years, and described the junction where the road markings were worn away as 'tricky' when interviewed by police.

He was cleared by a jury in November last year of causing death by dangerous driving but had admitted causing death by careless driving ahead of his trial, accepting he was on the wrong side of the road.

Sentencing him on Friday just four days after the second anniversary of Mr Hilder's death, Judge David

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