A judge has apologised to an 83-year-old woman driver. After a motorcyclist died in a fatal crash while doing over 100mph.
Judge apologises to pensioner for dangerous driving charge: After being accused of the death of Stephen Ferguson, 51, on the 21st April last year, Mavis Witts has been cleared of any fault in the accident. The pensioner was originally charged with causing death by careless driving. When her Renault Kangoo struck Mr Ferguson in Rugby, Warickshire.
However, the court was told that the motorcycle was doing more than 100mph in a 50mph zone when the accident occurred. And that Witts could do nothing to avoid the collision. Witts was finally cleared of any wrongdoing this week. After legal proceedings dragged on for 18 months. Judge Sylvia de Bertodano apologised to Witts for the distress that she suffered after defense offered no other evidence this week at Warwick Crown Court.
She told the defendant that it could of happened to anyone. And that she did nothing wrong. The judge went on to say. “You may not get an apology from anyone else, so you are going to get one from me. It would be very distressing to be involved in such a collision. And to then get suggestions it was your fault, when it is perfectly clear that it is not, must be even more distressing.
There is no suggestion at all that you did anything wrong. It could have happened to anyone”.
The court was told that Witts had pulled out of a side turning. And clipped Mr Ferguson’s powerful BMW S1000RR motorbike at a crossroads on the A45. He was rushed to hospital and later died form his injuries. Witts was originally facing charges of killing him. But then the case was put back due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Michael Rawlinson, her defense barrister, said that dash cam footage obtained totally exonerated his client. And that it also showed the bike was doing more than double the speed limit. Witts pleaded not guilty which was accepted by the prosecution. Who said “There is a joint report from the defense expert and the police expert which has concluded that the deceased was driving at in excess of 100 mph on his motorbike.
When she looked, he would have been so far away that she concluded it would be safe [to pull out]. And had he been doing the speed limit, she would have been able to do so.” Judge de Bertodano summed up by saying. “This is no kind of technicality, you are saying that she is entirely innocent of this charge.”
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