29 November 2021

Coroner finds there was nothing else the driver could have done in tragic traffic collision

Parklane Plowden Chambers’ Barrister Jade Ferguson (pictured) represented the driver of a vehicle which collided with a pedestrian, Mr Stephen Gill, at an inquest on 19 November 2021 at Northallerton Coroner’s Court.

Mr Gill, who had previously overcome serious injuries after being hit by a car as a child, died on 16 October 2020 after being struck by a vehicle on his way home.

Assistant Coroner for Yorkshire North East, Mr John Broadbridge, stated that, although the Coroner’s Court does not apportion blame, there was nothing more that the driver could have done to avoid the collision.

The collision took place on a dark unlit road surrounded by a canopy of trees. The Court heard that following the collision, North Yorkshire County Council had introduced signs and there were discussions in respect of  adding a pedestrian crossing.

The inquest is reported here:

Man died after being struck by Fiat 500 while walking home from North Yorkshire pub almost 40 years after surviving similar collision as a child

Jade is a member of the Inquests and Inquiries Team at Parklane Plowden Chambers. The team has a wealth of experience representing interested persons in a wide range of inquests including high-profile and media-sensitive cases.