Edwin Buckett secures an unlawful killing Inquest conclusion
On the 24th October, 2019 H.M. Senior Coroner David Ridley returned an unlawful killing conclusion at Salisbury Coroner’s Court following the inquest into the death of Anna Kirsopp-Lewis. Anna, who was heavily pregnant at the time, died along with her baby, in a road traffic accident on the 18th December, 2018 on the A36 when a Porsche Cayenne car driven by Ian Barton (who also died) drove into the rear of her car. The coroner described his manner of driving as “aggressive, audacious and abhorrent”.
It involved driving for a distance of at least a mile, at speeds in excess of 120mph on a 60mph road, in wet conditions, overtaking contrary to double white lines, on the brow of a hill and on a bend and in a manner that forced other road users to take evasive action. The family instructed a road traffic reconstruction expert who was able to analyse dash cam footage from other vehicles and provide evidence as to speed to the criminal standard of proof. The Coroner agreed to the request of the family to call the expert at the inquest and, having tested his conclusions, adopted them.
Unlawful killing conclusions following road traffic collisions are very rare and are reserved for truly abhorrent driving cases. The family submitted the conclusion was appropriate against resistance from insurers representing the other driver.
Edwin represented the family of Anna and was instructed by Claire Roantree of Boyes Turner LLP Reading.
News reports of the inquest can be found at: