Driver cleared over retail park death

A man has been cleared of causing the death of a great-grandmother by driving carelessly in a collision at a Telford retail park.

Janet Lane, 73, died when she was hit by a Volkswagon Transporter van, driven by Andrew Richards.

During his trial Mr Richards, 55, of Orchard Close, Cressage, told a jury the incident still haunts him and he feels responsible every day.

He had denied causing the death of Janet Lane by careless driving at Wrekin Retail Park in Telford. He said his view was obstructed by the ‘A-pillar’ in his Volkswagen Transporter van.

Mrs Lane, a great-grandmother from Woodhouse Crescent, Trench, Telford, died at the scene.

She had been crossing the road at the retail park when she was struck on November 22, 2016.

The prosecution had claimed that while the ‘A pillar’ between the windscreen and driver side mirror could have reduced the view that the driver had, the blind spot could easily be eliminated through a movement of the driver’s head.


Members of the jury were also shown a police reconstruction of the incident.


Mr Richards gave evidence during the trial.

He said that the effect of the incident on him had been profound.

He told the jury: "I feel guilty every day, I feel totally responsible every day.

"There is not a day that goes by that I don’t, and there are days when I would happily exchange places with Mrs Lane.

"In the days after the event there were sleepless nights, and waking hours which I spent trying to understand why it had happened. I was driving to the best of my ability and I wasn’t being careless.”

In police interviews Richards said that when he felt the sensation of his vehicle going over something he thought it was a speed bump. He previously described himself as a competent driver with more than 30 years experience.

Date: 14 April 2018 | Source: Shropshire Star

More Telford News

 Motorway lane closed for repairs

One lane of the M54 is closed this morning (TUES) in both directions betwe..

 Ironbridge upcycling festival branded a huge success

It hearkened back to the days of Fairy Liquid rocket ships and guitars mad..

 Former Lilleshall Sports Centre director and Newport stalwart Derek Tremayne dies age 88

Derek Tremayne, the former director of Lilleshall National Sports Centre a..

 Rise in written complaints to Telford GPs and dentists - but figure falls for rest of Shropshire

The number of written complaints to GP and dental practices in Telford &am..

 Telford stud farm plans attract objections

Developers behind plans for a new stud farm near Telford may find the goin..

 Telford-based Nasstar sees revenue and profits rise

Cloud computing specialist Nasstar has made a positive start to the year a..
View More

More UK News

Debenhams attempts to 'bring joy back' to High Street

The department store chain will open a new branch on Thursday as it tries to revive its fortunes on ..

Lindholme Prison: Policing perimeter 'virtually impossible'

The BBC visits a jail with drug and violence problems - and a three-mile fence smugglers throw items..

Olympic cyclist Lizzie Deignan announces birth

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan tweeted pictures of her newborn daughter, Orla,

Cardiff mum's plea after daughter's abduction six years ago

A woman whose daughter was taken from her at 15 weeks old is fighting for her to be returned

Bodyguard: David Budd could help save lives of those with PTSD

By seeking help for PTSD, Bodyguard's David Budd could make a difference, an Army veteran says
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

[[countdown here]]
[[countdown here]]

Upcoming Events in Telford

03 Oct 2018


Tickets £24 Students £21.50

Age guidance 14+

Show running times (approx): 70 minutes - 20 minutes interval - 70 minutes

View Details

11 Oct 2018



View Details

13 Oct 2018

10am - 4pm

Adult - £8.50

Child - £4.50

Family ticket - £23.50

View Details

27 Oct 2018

6- 9pm

Adult & 60+ - £13

Child (aged 3-15) - £9.50
Child (aged 0-2) - FREE
Family (2+2) - £40

Please note Passport tickets are not valid for this event and dogs will not be allowed.

Tickets must be purchased in advance either online

Dogs will not be allowed and remember to bring a torch.

View Details

31 Oct 2018


Tickets £24

Concession £22

View Details
View More