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Richard Dawson secures acquittal in death by careless driving case
March 2, 2016
Orlando Greenidge, a bin man employed by Veolia, was charged with 3 offences: causing the death by careless driving, causing death by driving without a licence & causing death by driving when uninsured.
Olive Stevens, aged 88 and mother of well known actor Michael Fenton-Stevens, was reversing her motorcar down a country lane, blocked by a fly tip, when she encountered a bin lorry coming up behind her. Despite not holding a driving licence or being insured to drive, Orlando Greenidge agreed to help Mrs Stevens move her car past the lorry. As he stepped into the car, his foot accidentally caught the accelerator pedal. The car unexpectedly moved backwards into both Mr Greenidge & Mrs Stevens. The open driver's door knocked Mrs Stevens to the ground. She later died from a head injury sustained.
On 01.03.16 a jury at Croydon Crown Court found Orlando Greenidge not guilty of each of the 3 charges he faced, accepting that in the peculiar circumstances, he hadn't been "driving" the car at the time of this tragic accident.
The case generated a huge amount of media interest.
Richard was instructed by Kerry Spence of Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, London.