Dad's pity for death crash driver

AMID the depths of despair, Kiara Stevenson-Mann's father today set aside his own grief to send a message of comfort to the driver of the coach which took her life. Despite still trying to come to terms with the loss of his five-year-old daughter, Colin Mann said he bore no malice against the driver involved.

By Colin Adwent

AMID the depths of despair, Kiara Stevenson-Mann's father today set aside his own grief to send a

message of comfort to the driver of the coach which took her life.

Despite still trying to come to terms with the loss of his five-year-old daughter, Colin Mann said he bore no malice against the driver involved.


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The 29-year-old, of Ireland Road, Ipswich, also said he was appalled that rumours were circulating that he had been involved in an row with him at the scene.

"Everyone must think the rumour is true," said Mr Mann, who was with Kiara at the time of her death.

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"My brother said he had heard there had been problems when he was in town on Thursday.

"I feel for the driver too, because I know it was an accident. I understand how he must feel."

Mr Mann was with Kiara as she cycled along the pavement in Landseer Road moments before the fatal collision.

And he said: "I never spoke to the driver. I don't bear him any ill will at all."

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