Alistair MacDonald QC, instructed by Nathan Buckley of Kennedys of Manchester, recently secured the acquittal of an 84-year-old farmer charged with causing death by careless driving. The defendant had driven from a minor road onto a major road and a sports motorcycle being ridden by the deceased struck the farmer’s Landrover in a ‘t-bone collision’.
The defence called highly technical evidence from Steven Green of SG Collision Forensics which led to the conclusion that the motorcyclist was travelling at high speed and, despite lengthy sight lines, when the farmer emerged onto the main road, it was reasonable for him to think that it was safe to cross. In addition, lay witness evidence from a local resident, who was initially reluctant to be involved, was called after considerable hard work from Nathan in tracking him down, taking a statement and ensuring his attendance at court. His evidence substantially supported the defence case and was critical to the result.