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Man accused of causing death of ex-teacher’s death by careless driving to stand trial

Roger Williams leaving Carlisle magistrates’ court

A MAN accused of causing a former north Cumbria school teacher’s death by careless driving is to stand trial in front of a jury next July.

Roger Williams, 70, pleaded not guilty to one charge during a short appearance at Carlisle Crown Court today (MON).

This alleges that Williams caused the death of Penelope Bains by driving a Ford C-Max without due care and attention on December 20, 2018.

The charge arises out of a collision at a crossing on Main Street in Brampton which involved a car and pedestrian Ms Bains, who was aged 72 and also known as Penny. A former art teacher at the town’s William Howard School during the 1980s, she died at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, nine days after the collision.

Williams, of Hethersgill, is now due to go on trial at the crown court. This trial is due to start on July 19 next year and, it is estimate, will last around three days.

A pre-trial hearing was listed for mid-February. Williams was granted unconditional bail by Judge Nicholas Barker, who reminded him of his requirement to submit a statement to the court which details his defence to the allegation and any issues taken with the prosecution case.

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