Victory for parents of car crash victim

A RETIRED fire chief has succeeded in his quest for justice after his teenage son was killed in a road crash.

A RETIRED fire chief has succeeded in his quest for justice after his teenage son was killed in a road crash.

Former Retford fire station commander Terry Boland wrote to the Crown Prosecution Service contesting their decision to prosecute the car driver who killed his 17-year-old son, Matthew with careless driving.

Mr Boland, of Strawberry Road, Retford, was convinced it should have been the far more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

A careless driving conviction cannot lead to custody, but causing death by dangerous driving usually means prison.

As a result of his letter, the CPS looked at the case again and changed their minds.

But the defence tried to get the decision overturned in a court hearing on 19th October, on which reporting restrictions were imposed.

The judge ruled that the trial should go ahead on the more serious charge and restrictions have now been lifted.

At Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, Jason Bailey, 19, of Mayflower Avenue, Scrooby, changed his plea on the second day of his trial after hearing all the evidence, and admitted causing Matthews death by driving his Vauxhall Nova dangerously.

He was bailed for sentence on 7th January and disqualified in the meantime.

Judge Michael Stokes warned him bail did not mean he would not be going to prison.

The accident happened on the A638 between Torworth and Barnby Moor on 22nd January this year.

Bailey overtook another car and collided head on with his victim, who was riding a moped.

He was doing about 60 mph, the court heard.

His brother Philip, a passenger in the car, gave evidence for the defence saying it was foggy at the time.

Bailey was of previous good character, apart from one speeding conviction. After the hearing ended Judge Stokes praised Mr and Mrs Boland for their attitude.

"I have received a letter from the parents of the deceased young man," said the judge. It makes plain that while they were anxious the appropriate charge should be brought they were not seeking vengeance."

"They said Jason Bailey had not set out to kill Matthew or anyone else."

Mr Boland, sitting in the public seats, heard the judge add: "I will most certainly take into account when passing sentence what you say in your letter. You are to be commended."

Outside the courtroom Mr Boland said: "What really annoyed us was that there had been a case in the papers where a woman had gone through a red traffic light and dented a car. She had been charged with careless driving, but our case was nothing like that."