Events won’t be pros­e­cuted as Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry is ini­ti­ated

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon Pho­tos: Kevin Money Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Pro-rally Pho­tog­ra­phy Jack Benyon

No fur­ther ac­tion will be taken by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment against the or­gan­is­ers of the Jim Clark and Snow­man ral­lies af­ter both events suf­fered fa­tal ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing spec­ta­tors in 2013 and 2014.

Joy Rob­son was killed while spec­tat­ing on the Snow­man Rally in Fe­bru­ary 2013, while John Leonard Stern, El­iz­a­beth Al­lan and Iain John Provan were killed on the Jim Clark Rally – which hasn’t run as a closed road event since – in May 2014.

Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of nearly two years, the Lord Ad­vo­cate – chief le­gal of­fi­cer of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and the Crown in Scot­land for both civil and crim­i­nal mat­ters – has in­structed that a Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry be set up to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther. But un­less any new ev­i­dence comes to light, the or­gan­is­ing teams of the two events won’t be pros­e­cuted.

A state­ment from the Crown Of­fice read: “Fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into two sep­a­rate fa­tal ac­ci­dents at mo­tor sport events, the Crown Of­fice will use new leg­is­la­tion to hold, for the first time, a joint Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry.

“Crown Coun­sel has in­structed a Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry to ex­am­ine the full cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the deaths and help to avoid such in­ci­dents hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture.

“The Crown is li­ais­ing with the Sher­iff Prin­ci­pal to iden­tify an ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tion and dates for the Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry to take place.

“There will be no crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings in re­la­tion to ei­ther event, though this may be re­con­sid­ered should ad­di­tional ev­i­dence come to light.”

The events of the Jim Clark forced the cre­ation of the Mo­tor­sport Event Safety Re­view, which has is­sued rec­om­men­da­tions for im­prov­ing events that have been im­ple­mented in the UK be­gin­ning in 2016.

The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion – the sport’s gov­ern­ing body in the UK – also is­sued a state­ment.

“The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (MSA) wel­comes to­day’s an­nounce­ment by the Crown Of­fice of a joint Fa­tal Ac­ci­dent In­quiry into the tragic events of the Snow­man Rally 2013 and Jim Clark Rally 2014.

“The MSA will co­op­er­ate fully with the FAI, as it has through­out the Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions and the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Mo­tor­sport Event Safety Re­view (MESR).

“To­day’s news will give the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased and the in­jured an op­por­tu­nity to find an­swers to any ques­tions they may still have.

“The MSA will be mak­ing no fur­ther state­ment at this time.”

For the full state­ment from the crown of­fice, visit: copfs.gov.uk/me­dia-site/ me­dia-re­leases/1452-an­nounce­ment-on­the-snow­man-and-jim-clark-rallysfa­tal-ac­ci­dent-in­quiry.

Jim Clark 2014 was stopped

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