Weeping hit and run driver apologises to victim’s family as she is cleared of death by careless driving

Weeping hit and run driver apologises to victim’s family as she is cleared of death by careless driving but fined £500 after running over brass band stalwart, 77, while having hands-free phone chat

-Anna Edwards ran over Brian Croxon while he lay in the road after he fell over

-Claims to have thought the pensioner was a pile of rubbish dumped in street

-She returned to the scene because she ‘had to know’ if she had hit a person

-Fined £500 for failing to stop or report accident as others attended to Brian

Anna Edwards, 25, hit Brian Croxon, 77, who had slipped on cobbles and fell onto the road while speaking to her boyfriend. The car in front of her swerved out of the way but Edwards did not see Mr Croxon in time and hit him outside Royton Brass Band club in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Weeping hit and run driver apologises to victim's family as she is cleared of death by careless driving

She had been on the phone to her boyfriend at the time and returned to the scene where other drivers were helping the dying man, but continued driving. After her arrest Edwards claimed she thought she had hit a pile of rubbish.

Initially she was charged with causing death by careless driving because she was distracted by her phone, however she admitted to failing to stop or report an accident and was cleared of the first charge. She was given eight penalty points and ordered to pay a fine and costs.

Minshull Crown Court heard that she was on the phone for four minutes and 20 seconds to her boyfriend at around 11pm on December 8.

The BUPA assistant wept as she was fined £500 on Friday for failing to stop or report an accident at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

As the verdict was returned by the jury after three hours deliberation Edwards turned round and said “sorry” to Mr Croxon’s family, who were sat in the public gallery, but they ignored her. The family left court without comment.

Sentencing, Judge Bernadette Baxter told Edwards: “I understand this has been an extremely stressful time for you and you are genuinely remorseful for not having stopped and reporting the accident.

“I hope you understand just how dangerous that behaviour was.”

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