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Smart m-way firm swerves killing charge


NATIONAL Highways has avoided corporate manslaught­er charges over two fatal crashes on a smart motorway.

The government firm was referred to the Crown Prosecutio­n Service by a coroner following the 2018 death of Nargis Begum, 62, on a stretch of the M1 without a hard shoulder.

A second coroner probing the 2019 M1 deaths of Jason Mercer, 44, and Alexandru Murgeanu, 22, also in South Yorkshire, said: “A lack of hard shoulder contribute­d to this tragedy.”

South Yorkshire Police looked into charges but Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Poolman said legally “the organisati­on [National Highways] did not owe road users a relevant duty of care”.

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