CPS charges woman with death by dangerous driving

16/08/2011

The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge Leanne Burnell jointly with Leonard Jones with the offence of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the death of 13-year-old Amy Hofmeister. Burnell is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates’ courts on 25 August.

On 29 June Leonard Jones pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance at Taunton Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Amy Hofmeister was riding her bicycle along a cycle path on Blackbrook Way in Taunton at about 7.30pm on 15 June when she was killed.

Commenting on behalf of the CPS, District Crown Prosecutor, Dean Lampard, said: "In accordance with the published CPS policy on prosecuting cases of bad driving, I have authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Leanne Burnell with causing death by dangerous driving following the tragic death of Amy Hofmiester. I have decided that Leanne Burnell is to be jointly charged with Leonard Jones who was driver of the vehicle that struck Amy.

"While Leanne Burnell was driving a separate vehicle to that of Jones, I have taken this decision after very carefully reviewing the material gathered in the police investigation. I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to bring this charge."