Driver Virginia Pereira could face a retrial after jury fails to reach verdict in motorcyclist crash death trial
A driver accused of causing the death a motorcyclist at Blue
Blue Bell Hill could face a retrial after a jury failed to reach
Virginia Pereira denied causing death by dangerous driving and
an alternative charge of causing death by careless driving.
Michael Sharp, 57, of Chatham, was fatally injured after his
1000cc Honda crashed with 62-year-old Pereira’s Vauxhall Corsa on
the A229 near the Lower Bell pub on July 28 2011.
The married victim, (pictured right) who had been travelling to
Aylesford to pay a cheque into his bank, suffered multiple injuries
and died at the scene.
Judge David Griffith-Jones QC gave the prosecution until
February 25 to decide whether there should be a retrial.
The scene of the fatal
crash in Blue Bell Hill in July 2011
Pereira, of Portland Street, Chatham, who was aided by a
Portuguese interpreter during the trial at Maidstone Crown Court,
had her unconditional bail continued.
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