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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Doctor tells of ‘Top Gear’ scene before fatal crash

THE moments before a fatal crash which killed an Ulverston man resembled a scene from TV’s Top Gear, a court heard yesterday.

Dr Isobel O’Donovan, of Bardsea, was giving evidence at Lancaster Crown Court where Jamie Skelton, 19, of Hill Road, Barrow is on trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

Dr O’Donovan described seeing Skelton’s white Vauxhall Corsa as it lost control and crashed at the junction of the A5087 coast road and Main Street, Bardsea on January 22 last year.

George Tyson, 61, was crossing Main Street with his son, Gary, 29, when he was struck and killed by a street sign which had been dislodged in the collision.

Asked by Mr Andrew Gibson, prosecuting, to describe what she had seen seconds before the incident, Dr O’Donovan said: “The impression of this car was it was completely unlike anything I had ever seen before on the road.

“If you wanted to see something like this you’d have to look at Top Gear or something like that.”

She described the car as being “under massive, massive strain” as it came around the bend towards the junction before skidding backwards.

Dr O’Donovan, a GP, rushed to help Mr Tyson, who she had seen push his son down before dropping to the floor himself.

At first, she did not realise the extent of his injuries.

“If he had been hit by the car, I would have expected the older man to be thrown through the air but he had just dropped to the ground.”

Despite the doctor’s efforts to help Mr Tyson, he died at the scene.

Skelton denies causing death by dangerous driving but has admitted the less serious offence of causing death by careless driving.

Mr Richard Vardon, defending, stressed that Dr O’Donovan could not be certain that Skelton had been breaking the speed limit at the time of the accident.

He said: “You can describe what you saw but any estimate with regards to a speed is, at best, a guess.”

The trial continues.

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