Inquest into the death of LS


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Instructed on a pro bono basis by Will Cornwell and Gurj Sidhu at Slater and Gordon solicitors, also acting pro bono, via a referral by the charity Road Peace. Emily Wilsdon represented the parents of a 24 year old man who died in a road traffic collision between him and a van on the A12 in East London on New Year’s Day in 2019.

The inquest was held at Poplar Coroner’s Court. After hearing evidence from the family, in the form of a ‘pen portrait’ of their son’s life, and evidence from the van driver, the forensic collision investigator and Metropolitan Police evidence regarding the frequency of speeding and accidents in that area, Senior Coroner Mary Hassell reached a conclusion of road traffic collision.

She found that LS was knocked over and killed by a transit van at approximately. 3am on New Year’s Day 2019, when crossing the A12 underpass. His judgment was impaired by alcohol and drugs and driver was driving in excess of 20mph above the speed limit of 40mph.

She also decided, after hearing submissions from counsel, to make a Preventing Future Deaths report in relation to pedestrian safety in that area, in particular the provision of a safe and obvious crossing point for pedestrians.