Driver jailed for pedestrian crossing killing

11/02/2014

A driver who knocked over and killed a young boy at a pedestrian crossing pleaded guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to three years imprisonment, banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended re-test.

On 2 February 2013, nine-year-old Jayden-Lee McIvor had approached Haybridge Road in Telford and was waiting for the pedestrian lights to change from green to red in order to cross the road. The defendant, Raja Khan, aged 19, was driving his Ford Focus along the same road and was following a Citroen Picasso.

The driver of the Picasso saw that the pedestrian lights had changed from green to red and he stopped his vehicle for Jayden-Lee to cross the road.

Khan failed to spot that the car in front of him had stopped, tried to take evasive action, but struck the rear offside of the Picasso and then steered the Focus along the off-side of the Picasso which resulted in him knocking down the victim on the crossing.

The emergency services including an air ambulance were immediately called, but Jayden-Lee was pronounced dead at the scene.

A police investigation was launched, which showed that the defendant had been driving erratically and that he approached the pedestrian crossing travelling at a speed between 29mph and 37mph. The speed limit on that part of the road is 30mph.

The defendant was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Stephen Bacon, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"A competent and careful driver would be aware that approaching a pelican crossing he needed to take appropriate care and take account of the likelihood of pedestrians crossing the road.

"From the evidence provided by the police it was clear that Raja Khan had been travelling erratically before approaching the crossing and was travelling at a speed which limited his ability to take evasive action.   

"He should have seen that the vehicle in front of him had stopped, that the pedestrian crossing lights had changed from green to red and that Jayden-Lee was crossing the road.

"This prosecution highlights the importance for drivers to be vigilant at all times, especially when they are approaching a pedestrian crossing.

2Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Jayden-Lee."