Mother's anger at death crash charges

A DEVASTATED mother has today spoken of her anger after hearing nobody will face serious charges in relation to her son's death.Marc Downing, from Suffolk, was killed in August last year after being struck by a car while on holiday with friends near Newquay, in Cornwall.

A DEVASTATED mother has today spoken of her anger after hearing nobody will face serious charges in relation to her son's death.

Marc Downing, from Suffolk, was killed in August last year after being struck by a car while on holiday with friends near Newquay, in Cornwall.

A woman has been charged with motoring offences in connection with the incident – but Mr Downing's family is angry nobody has been charged with more serious offences.

The 25-year-old, from Redruth, will appear in Truro Magistrates Court for the first time on March 10, where the most serious charge she will face is failing to stop after the accident.


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Speaking from the family home, in Kitchener Road, Ipswich, angry mum Denise Downing said she felt let down.

"I've lost my son, who was a hard-working young man, and now no-one will pay a price for that.

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"Where is the justice? There is no justice."

Mr Downing, 22, a former pupil at Westbourne High School in Ipswich, was on holiday with friends in Cornwall when the tragic crash happened on August 30.

His tight-nit family were devastated by the news, especially his brothers Asa, 20, and Ryan, 19.

"It's been absolute hell since Marc died," added Ms Downing. "My two sons just can't come to terms with it – Asa is finding it so hard, and he really can't get his head round it.

"They were all so close as brothers and this has really hit them hard. It is just not fair on my family and I don't know what to do."

Pc Paul George, of Devon and Cornwall Police, explained that officers were told they did not have enough evidence to pursue serious charges.

He said: "At the time we were looking at quite serious offences of causing death by dangerous driving or quite possibly manslaughter but that has now been waylaid on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

"Quite simply, we could not provide any evidence of bad driving on behalf of the defendant.

"She has now been reported for failing to stop at the scene of an injury accident, failing to report the accident, expired vehicle excise license, two defective front tyres, no insurance, no MoT and failing to notify the DVLA of a change in circumstances.

"They are all minor offences because we could not prove that the manner of her driving contributed to Marc's death.

"We do our job, we get the evidence, we prepare the file and then it goes off to the CPS and they are the people that have the final say about the charges to go for.

Pc George, who is based at Bodmin Traffic Centre, added: "Our thoughts go out to the family - it must be frustrating for them.

"I'm sure they would want the person punished but, at the end of the day, we weren't there and we can't prove what happened."

A spokesman for the Devon and Cornwall CPS added: "We have received a file upon which we have advised, we have passed that advice on to police and we anticipate that they will be charging in accordance with that.

"We have obviously advised them in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors. We have to look at each offence and decide if there is sufficient evidence which is likely to result in a conviction.

"It is now a matter for the police."

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