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Ellen is acting for the family of Nargis Begum in the inquest into her death arising out of a fatal collision on a smart motorway. The inquest is currently suspended to allow the CPS to consider whether Highways England will face corporate manslaughter charges.
Mrs Begum, 62, was a passenger in a vehicle which broke down on the M1 in 2018, on a stretch of “All Lanes Running” smart motorway without a hard shoulder. She and her husband had exited the vehicle and were waiting for help when their stationary car was hit by another vehicle, pushing it into Mrs Begum and causing fatal injuries.
Following a Pre-Inquest Review hearing on 11 February 2021, the Senior Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District), Coroner Nicola Mundy, suspended the inquest, and ruled that she will refer the matter to the CPS to consider a charge of corporate manslaughter in relation to Highways England.
The CPS has confirmed that the driver involved in the collision will not face prosecution, following an earlier referral from the Senior Coroner after an initial Pre-Inquest Review in December 2020.
Ellen is instructed by Christopher Kardahji of Irwin Mitchell LLP.
Media coverage of the hearing can be found here.