‘I need an­swers over death of my wife’

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY PADDY SHENNAN paddy.shennan@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

AHEARTBROK­EN man has launched a cam­paign to de­mand full and com­pre­hen­sive an­swers about the death of his wife, who was knocked down and killed by a car two years ago.

Mum of two Lau­ren John­son, 33, died in hospi­tal on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 28, 2016, af­ter be­ing hit by a Toy­ota Auris at about 1.20pm that day on Col­lege Road, Crosby – a short walk from her home.

At the time of her death, her daugh­ter, Cara, was two, and her son, Daniel, eight-months-old. They are now four and two.

Hus­band David, 36, has launched a CrowdJus­tice page as he and Lau­ren’s fam­ily seek to raise £30,000 for a ju­di­cial re­view into the de­ci­sion by the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice (CPS) not to pros­e­cute the driver of the car. They have al­ready nearly reached their tar­get.

David, who had been mar­ried to Lau­ren for four years and her part­ner for 13 years, said: “Many ques­tions still re­main unan­swered. No fam­ily should be put in a po­si­tion where not only do they lose a loved one in such tragic cir­cum­stances, but two years on they still do not have the an­swers they need to help them fully un­der­stand what hap­pened that day.

“I want the CPS to fully dis­close in­for­ma­tion that they state sup­ports a de­ci­sion not to pros­e­cute the driver who killed Lau­ren.

“Lau­ren’s fam­ily and I have raised ques­tions with the CPS and the po­lice, of which many re­main unan­swered. The driver has not been charged with any of­fence.

“I want ac­count­abil­ity and jus­tice for Lau­ren and our chil­dren, and I want jus­tice to be seen to be done. Lau­ren has been killed and can­not seek jus­tice and so it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the liv­ing, her fam­ily, to seek jus­tice on her be­half and for our chil­dren.”

David, a busi­ness man­ager for San­tander in Liver­pool, said his search for the full truth re­gard­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his wife’s death was a pri­mary fo­cus – and stressed: “This is about the CPS be­ing fully trans­par­ent and ac­count­able for any de­ci­sions they make. The CPS owe it to us to give us the reaons for their de­ci­sion.”

And re­gard­ing the re­sponse from the pub­lic, he added: “We have been over­whelmed by peo­ple’s phe­nom­e­nal sup­port, but not sur­prised.”

A spokesper­son for CPS Mersey/Cheshire said: “Our thoughts re­main with Mr John­son and his fam­ily. We con­sid­ered all the avail­able ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish if any per­son should face crim­i­nal charges.

“Wit­nesses and med­i­cal ev­i­dence in­di­cated that the driver was not able to ex­er­cise ac­tive con­trol of the car at the time of the col­li­sion. We ul­ti­mately con­cluded that there could not be a prose­cu­tion as it would not be in the pub­lic in­ter­est due to the driver’s con­di­tion.”

Lau­ren John­son was killed when she was hit by a car on Col­lege Road

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