Speeding motorist guilty of killing boy

13/06/2014

A motorist, who knocked over and killed a five-year-old boy as he was crossing the road with his family, has today been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.

On the evening of 1 April 2013, Easter Monday, the victim, Cameron Ward, was heading home with his parents and siblings along Court Lane, Erdington in Birmingham.

They then approached Court Road which is a single lane carriage and is governed by a 30mph speed limit.

At this stage, Cameron was being carried on his father's bicycle. His mother and other siblings had already crossed the road and the victim and his father began to cross. At this stage, Mr Ward became aware of a car approaching, but he was content that they had sufficient time to cross the road safely as he thought the car was travelling at the legal speed limit.

The Vauxhall Astra car was actually been driven at twice the speed limit by the 31-year-old defendant, Wayne Payne. At 9:13pm, the Astra collided with the two pedestrians which resulted in Cameron being thrown into the air receiving sustaining multiple injuries.

Emergency services transferred the victim to Birmingham Children's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Following a police investigation, reconstruction of the incident showed that Payne was travelling at 61mph, double the speed limit on that part of the road. There was also no evidence from the scene of any emergency braking.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This prosecution highlights the consequences and dangers when a motorist drives over the speed limit. Such limits are set for a reason and when these are breached then there is a risk, like in this case, of fatalities.   

"The defendant was driving at a wholly inappropriate speed and due to this he did not even apply the brakes when Cameron and his father came into his vision.

"Today, he has been found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of five-year-old Cameron and he will now have to deal with the penalties.  

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Cameron."