Haddenham death crash driver faces jail

A MAN from Haddenham could be facing a jail sentence after he was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mervyn Davies, of Dollicott, Haddenham, was working as a delivery driver for TW Ludgate & Son in Thame, when the fatal accident happened.

On Wednesday, a jury took 45 minutes to return a guilty verdict after hearing evidence that he had failed to shut his van's back door before driving off.

The door then hit frail 80-year-old Kay Kemp causing fatal head injuries as she walked to the shops.

Judge Julian Hall told him: "I don't give you any promises as to what the sentence may be. It is an unusual case."

The jury had heard that Mervyn Davies, aged 55, failed to properly close and secure the rear door of his refrigerated DAF rigid HGV after dropping off meat at a butcher's shop.

The mistake meant the heavy door swung out violently as he accelerated along a high street and Mrs Kemp was struck a fatal blow to the head.

Witnesses to the tragedy, which happened on July 4 last year, described how they attempted to attract the attention of Davies, who was working alone.

Ann Bidwell was forced to hurry out of the way as the seven-and-a-half tonne vehicle's door overhung the pavement in the picturesque high street of Goring-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire.

For the full story see this week's Thame Gazette, out now.