Dangerous driving case stopped

18/01/2013

Jeremy Decker, Senior Crown Prosecutor, CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: "A road traffic collision occurred at 12:34 on Friday 16th September 2011 when a Hyundai Tucson, driven by Patricia Brooks, collided with a bus stop seriously injuring a number of pedestrians on Lower Lane, Liverpool.

"A file of evidence was presented to me in early 2012. After reviewing this evidence, which included witness statements and CCTV of the incident, I made the decision to charge the defendant with an offence of dangerous driving.

"A person drives dangerously when the standard of driving falls far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver and it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous. The evidence at that time supported this charge.

"Mrs Brooks' defence team recently presented a medical expert report which showed that the collision was not due to dangerous driving.

"The prosecution did not accept this submission and we commissioned our own expert report. This report has now been received and proves that, on the balance of probabilities, the defendant suffered a neurological episode which caused her to veer off the road.

"In cases like this the prosecution has to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant's manner of driving was dangerous. In light of the expert reports, that is no longer possible.

"Therefore there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction and I have made the decision to stop the case.

"I realise that this will be extremely disappointing and upsetting for the victims who suffered very serious and life changing injuries.

"I have informed them of my decision and have offered to meet them to explain this in person."

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