A 72-year-old motorist, Mrs Helen Mary Clode of Sully, has been acquitted by Cardiff Crown Court on a charge of causing death by careless driving in December 2014.
The case followed the death of a 90-year-old Penarth pedestrian, Mrs Sheila Wilson, who had alighted from a bus and was crossing Lavernock Road in December 2014 – near the junction with Augusta Road – when she was allegedly hit by a car driven by Mrs Clode . Mrs Wilson died later in hospital.
Mrs Clode had entered a plea of not guilty and opted for the case to be heard in Cardiff Crown Court rather than be dealt with at the Magistrates Court. She was given unconditional bail.
Proceedings had been adjourned and postponed on a number of occasions over the last two years, some of them on the grounds of the defendant’s ill-health – but it’s been confirmed today by Cardiff Crown Court that the trial – which had been scheduled for this month – was actually heard on March 1st. The prosecution offered no evidence, Mrs Clode was acquitted and the case was closed.
On March 27th 2017 the inquest into the death of Mrs Wilson – which had been opened and adjourned pending the criminal proceedings – was resumed.
The coroner determined that the Mrs Wilson had died from multiple injuries as a result of being hit by a car whilst crossing the Lavernock Road. She had been conveyed to the University Hospital of Wales where, despite treatment, she had died the following day – on December 24th 2014. The coroner concluded that the cause of death was “Road Traffic Collision” .