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Highways England to be referred to the CPS over fatal collision on smart motorway

12th February 2021

The Senior Coroner for South Yorkshire (East District) has suspended the inquest into the death of Nargis Begum, and will refer the matter to the CPS to consider whether Highways England should 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.

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.

The inquest is now suspended for the CPS to consider whether Highways England should be charged with corporate manslaughter.

Ellen Robertson acted for the family of Mrs Begum, instructed by Christopher Kardahji of Irwin Mitchell LLP. Nicholas Chapman acted for the Department for Transport and Highways England.

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