Hit and run driver's trial begins
A TRIAL into an alleged hit and run driver who is accused of killing a 28-year-old man today began at Ipswich Crown Court.Martin Law, 22, of Sandpiper Close, Haverhill, has denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
A TRIAL into an alleged hit and run driver who is accused of killing a 28-year-old man today began at Ipswich Crown Court.
Martin Law, 22, of Sandpiper Close, Haverhill, has denied a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
Wayne Goode, a father of one, was hit by a vehicle allegedly driven by Law in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Law, wearing a white shirt and black trousers, spoke only to confirm his name before the jury of eight men and three women were sworn in.
Mr Goode, of Broomhill Road, Ipswich, had been celebrating the New Year with his girlfriend in the Saracen's Head, Newton Green, near Sudbury, before he died in a collision on the A134.
He left the pub at around 1am on New Year's Day and walked in the direction of Sudbury along the A134. Shortly after 2.50am police and ambulance services received a report from a motorist who had been forced to stop his car suddenly because of a body lying in the road 75 metres south of the Wyevale Garden Centre.
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Mr Goode was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been hit by a vehicle which had been travelling along the A134 in the Colchester direction and the vehicle left the scene before the body was discovered.
The next day, January 2, Mr Goode's mother Sheila and his partner Nikki Page, made an emotional appeal for the driver of the vehicle to contact police. No one came forward and a week later Suffolk police issued a photograph of a green Ford Transit van and they believe a similar vehicle hit Mr Goode.
Martin Law was arrested in Colchester on January 21 in connection with the accident. He appeared at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court at the end of March before the trial started today at Ipswich Crown Court and is expected to last for four days.
The case continues.