Crash driver will not face charges

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

A FOR­MER se­nior Board of Deputies vice-pres­i­dent whose car struck a pedes­trian at a road junc­tion has been told he will not face pros­e­cu­tion.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened in Au­gust last year in Sta­tion Road, Edg­ware, Mid­dle­sex. The in­jured man is still se­ri­ously ill in hospi­tal with brain dam­age.

But High­bury Mag­is­trates last week de­cided that a charge of driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion faced by Is­rael Ra­dio re­porter Jerry Lewis should be dis­con­tin­ued.

Mr Lewis, 58, was not in court to hear Nike Ba­lo­gun, pros­e­cut­ing, tell mag­is­trates: “The is­sue in this case was the speed at which Mr Lewis was driv­ing. It was thought to be 40mph.”

She said that a re­port had been re­quested to es­tab­lish the ex­act speed but it had not done so. As a re­sult, “the charge be­ing pressed on the grounds of ex­ces­sive speed faded away”, leav­ing the pros­e­cu­tion “with­out a re­al­is­tic chance of con­vic­tion”.

Miss Ba­lo­gun said there were sug­ges­tions that the vic­tim had been run­ning at the time of the ac­ci­dent and that he was “still in a pretty bad way”. No other de­tails about the ac­ci­dent were given.

Judge Dorothy Quick said that she was dis­ap­pointed that the case was be­ing dis­con­tin­ued, for “hu­man­i­tar­ian rea­sons”. She was also un­happy that the Crown was not told ear­lier: “Given the grav­ity of this charge, I would have ex­pected more.”

But she added that the case could be restarted, be­cause “there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween no ev­i­dence and dis­con­tin­ued. No ev­i­dence is fi­nal. This is not.”

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