Luton airport lorry driver acquitted of causing death by careless driving

22/09/2010

A man whose lorry crushed an elderly lady at Luton Airport has been acquitted of causing death by careless driving, after a three-day hearing at Luton Crown Court, which concluded today, 22 September.

On 16 May 2009, Rossano Pietro Casagrande  (50), an experienced driver in a vehicle familiar to him, stopped at a crossing area at the airport. Some people safely negotiated the crossing. As Mary Whiting went to cross, he moved forward in his lorry, failing to see her, and she was knocked over and crushed.

CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor Richard Newcombe said: 'I am satisfied that this case passed the Prosecutor's Code, by way of sufficient evidence and that it was in the public interest to bring a prosecution. The basis of the case was on the grounds that Mr Casagrande did not stop far enough away from the crossing to give himself a clear view of it. Had he done so, he would have had a clearer view of the crossing, and would have seen Mrs Whiting on the crossing.

'This was a proper case for a jury to decide on Mr Casagrande's guilt or innocence.'