Local Resident on Trial for Involvement in Tragic Car Accident that Resulted in Death of 72-Year-Old Man in Chatham

Local Resident on Trial for Involvement in Tragic Car Accident that Resulted in Death of 72-Year-Old Man in Chatham

Local Swanscombe resident Naomi North is currently on trial at Maidstone Crown Court for her involvement in the death of Bill Roache, 72, in a tragic car accident that occurred in Chatham in August of last year.

North, 30, was driving a Ford Fiesta when she struck Mr. Roache as he was crossing New Road in Chatham. According to witnesses, North failed to stop after the collision and it was her sister who eventually contacted the police the following day.

During the trial, which began yesterday, prosecutor Christiaan Moll described the events leading up to the accident. He stated that North was traveling on the 30mph dual carriageway from Chatham to Rochester when she hit Mr. Roache, who was crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing. The accident was captured on CCTV and shown to the jury, which revealed that the Ford Fiesta was traveling between 29 and 33 mph at the time of the collision.

Moll also mentioned that the lights at the crossing had turned to flashing amber three and a half seconds before the accident occurred. However, he stated that the car’s speed was not a relevant factor in the case.

One of the witnesses to the accident, Matthew Henley, recounted his experience to the court. Henley, who lived nearby, stated that he saw Mr. Roache walking towards Chatham using sticks earlier that evening. He also saw him crossing the road to the central reservation before using the pedestrian crossing. Henley then saw a car, a Ford hatchback, approaching the crossing and witnessed the collision. He described seeing Mr. Roache fly into the air and land on the ground, and then saw the car drive off without stopping.

The following day, North’s sister contacted the police and North was later interviewed by officers. She claimed to have visited her two sisters in Strood and Gravesend that evening. However, the prosecutor stated that she said she had left the Leysdown area on the Isle of Sheppey at 10.15pm and did not see Mr. Roache before the accident occurred. She admitted to panicking and driving off, spending the night in a park near her home. She also claimed to have lost her mobile phone before walking nine miles to her sister’s home in Gravesend.

North has pleaded not guilty to causing Mr. Roache’s death by dangerous driving and the trial is ongoing. The court has apologized for any delays due to a suspected gas leak, which caused the court to come to a standstill yesterday. The trial will continue as scheduled.

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