max temp: 11°C

min temp: 5°C


Suffolk man accused of careless driving in fatal crash tells court he did not see any pedestrian

PUBLISHED: 19:53 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 31 May 2018

Ipswich Crown Court Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Crown Court Picture: ARCHANT

A Suffolk man accused of careless driving in relation to a fatal collision has claimed he thought the knock he felt in his car was a speed bump.

Andrew Saunders, 50, of Swan Close, Halesworth, told Ipswich Crown Court today that he did not see any pedestrians in Bridge Street, Bungay, around the time of the collision which killed Shane Lay, 42, from Broome,

Saunders has denied careless driving in relation to the incident, early on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Mr Lay had been drinking on the night leading up to the fatal collision and left the house of his friend, Hayley Wooland, in Upper Olland Street to walk home with his dog Max at around 12.50am.

He was later found lying “unconscious but breathing” in the middle of Bridge Street.

Two witnesses, who lived in the street, told the court they heard a “screech and a thud” followed by the sound of a dog barking.

Both went into the street to find the victim laying with one arm outstretched holding his dog by a long lead.

The two witnesses said they though the vehicle sounded like it was going “pretty fast” down the road. Police said the road had a 20mph speed limit since 2003.

Crash investigators confirmed debris at the scene belonged to a Nissan Qashqai. They later found “cleaning marks” and blood on the front of Saunders’ car. Following a reconstruction, investigators concluded speed was an issue.

Saunders was seen that morning examining the underside of the car’s front. He also bought a car wash from a filling station.

Saunders said he had been going to work on the morning of the crash. He told police he wasn’t aware of the speed limit in Bridge Street, but denied travelling at excessive speed.

He said he did not see any pedestrians but did see a dog and eased off the throttle before feeling a bump he thought to be a speed bump. Saunders said he looked in his rear view mirror to check the dog was OK.

He said he later ran into a large rabbit, which was why he checked under his vehicle, and he cleaned his car to remove bird droppings.

When he later learned of the crash in the media, he said he thought it could have been connected but chose not to contact police, ruling himself out because the description was of a silver – rather than grey - Qashqai vehicle.

The jury was sent out yesterday afternoon and will continue their deliberations today.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Police have discovered the body of a missing teenager in Lakenheath.

Walkers crisps, frozen mash, children’s shoes, and wine from John Lewis are a few of the many items which are being recalled. Check the list and make sure you don’t have these products in your home.

David Kindred takes a look at past building sites around Ipswich before the introduction of health and safety including St Margaret’s church and Fore Street.

A Suffolk village has won a battle against one of the UK’s biggest house-builders over who decides its future development.

A first-year university student who left his father’s BMW suspended in a tree has been disqualified from driving.

Highways England is to resurface a stretch of uneven road which has been causing major delays for motorists on the A14.

A lorry driver has been arrested after his heavy goods vehicle crashed into the central reservation on the A14 at Ipswich.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24