Crash driver will not face charges
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.”
No charges: Jerry Lewis