‘I need answers over death of my wife’
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