Statement re the review into the case of Douglas Doherty

14/10/2014

Richard Riley, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This case was initially charged by Cheshire Police based on the information available at the time.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has a duty to review all cases that have been charged without reference to them, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"I have reviewed the circumstances of this tragic case and I have made the decision to discontinue the charge of causing death by driving a vehicle whilst uninsured.

"The evidence does not show that the defendant Douglas Doherty was culpable for the child's death.

"The one year old child was at the far side of the front of the vehicle as Mr Doherty slowly drove forward. Sadly, the child was so close to the van that it would have been impossible for Mr Doherty to have seen him before moving off.

"This incident would appear to have been a tragic accident.

"The Code for Crown Prosecutors states that there must be a realistic prospect of a conviction on the charge laid and that test has not been met in this instance.

"Mr Doherty has now been charged with driving without insurance. He pleaded guilty to that charge at Halton Magistrates' Court today (14 10 2014) and has been disqualified from driving for 12 months.

"Our thoughts remain with the young child's family at this sad time."
 

Police were called to an incident of a collision between a van and a one year old boy on land near to Warrington Road, Runcorn, around 18.24pm on September 2, 2014.
The boy was taken to Warrington Hospital where he later died.
Douglas Doherty, is 19 and from Warrington Road, Widnes.