A DRIVER has appeared in court in relation to an accident that led to the death of Sean Morley.
Mandeep Singh Gill stood before Nuneaton Magistrates Court yesterday accused of failing to stop after an accident which caused ‘personal injury’ to Sean Morley.
The 21-year-old, of Dorothy Powell Way, Coventry, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The incident occurred on September 2 on the A444 towards Nuneaton when it is alleged the defendant hit Sean whilst driving in a Peugeot 107, but failed to stop.
Graham Russell, defending, said that the collision occurred between 3am and 4am when Gill was travelling in a car along with two passengers.
After the incident, Gill and his passengers could not see what they had collided with so assumed it was an animal.
Yesterday was the first hearing of the case. It is set for summary trial and will mean that the maximum sentence that can be given out by magistrates is six months in prison for the offence.
A trial will now be held at Leamington Magistrates Court on July 4.
Witnesses giving evidence are set to include the two passengers in the car with Gill when the incident took place and the two people who found Sean’s body.
Gill answers unconditional bail until the trial date.
As reported in the Nuneaton News, 20-year-old Sean tragically died after being involved in a collision near to the entrance of Sutherland Drive, in Bedworth.
Sean’s relitives are now calling for more safety measures to be put into place along the A444 so that no other family has to suffer the pain that they are going through.
The family would like to see paths and barriers installed along the busy road to help keep pedestrians safe.
They have been speaking with local MPs, Marcus Jones and Dan Byles, who have opened up talks with Warwickshire County Council, the authority that is responsible for highways, about the possibility of installing a path.
Kerry Dean, Sean’s mum, told the News: “Of course there will always be the issue of costs.
“But given that each road fatality is estimated to cost £1.6million - figures produced by the Department of Transport - a simple path and barrier to separate the pedestrians from the fast traffic surely makes financial and safe sense.”