Lorry driver who killed fatheroftwo in crash when he had a coughing

first_imgPhilip Beeton died in the crashCredit:SWNS  Philip Beeton An East of England Air Ambulance helicopter piloted by Prince William airlifted Jack to hospital to be treated for “life-changing injuries”.David said the Duke of Cambridge gave his son oxygen to keep him alive while paramedics worked on him.”Jack was in hospital for 94 days,” he said.”He was still in a really bad mess when we had Philip’s funeral.”He was asking, ‘where’s Philip?’. We kept having to tell him he was dead.” “After a meeting with the family of Philip Beeton to discuss the outcome of this review, the case was subject to a further review at the family’s request by a different prosecutor, in accordance with the Victim’s Right to Review scheme.”In October 2017 they also upheld the original decision.”  William Abbott will not be prosecutedCredit:BPM Media  David said his son, now 19, was “made of metal” and only last week had surgery for his multiple injuries.Philip Beeton’s family have twice challenged the CPS’s decision not to prosecute Abbott after it said there was “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction”.However, the decision has been upheld.An investigation into the crash found there was nothing wrong with the lorry and that Mr Abbott was in generally good health, not intoxicated and was driving within the 50mph speed limit.A CPS spokeswoman said: “Having looked carefully at all the available evidence, it was decided in May 2017 that there was insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction in this case.”Following a request under the Victims’ Right to Review scheme this decision was reviewed by the Area, and the original decision was upheld.center_img  William Abbott A lorry driver who killed a father-of-two when he had a coughing fit at the wheel has escaped prosecution.Philip Beeton, 50, was killed when his blue Citroen Relay van was hit by a 20-tonne truck on the A10 near Chittering, Cambs, on October 7, 2015.The carpenter was driving home to celebrate his daughter’s 21st birthday with 17-year-old nephew Jack Beeton in the passenger seat, who suffered life-changing injuries.His younger brother David, Jack’s father, criticised the CPS’s decision not to prosecute after an inquest this week found truck driver William Abbott didn’t apply his brakes before the crash.He said he was “absolutely disgusted.””He [Abbott] never once broke in all the time he was going across the road.”He walks away without even a driving ban. You get a penalty for speeding.” Abbott told assistant coroner David Scott Morris that some phlegm caught in his throat made him “choke very hard”, causing him to drift across the road.The 60-year-old told the inquest he couldn’t have done anything to avoid the crash.The coroner heard it took six seconds for Abbott to drift into oncoming traffic, hitting a Ford Galaxy before careering into Mr Beeton’s van. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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