Father speaks out after driver cleared of fatal crash

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A BUS driver has been cleared of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal collision with a cyclist.

Former William Parker pupil Jayne Helliwell, 25, was killed after being struck by a bus in Oxford Street, London in April last year.

Now her father has spoken to the Daventry Express about his reaction to the court case.

Bus driver Carlton Lewars claimed a sudden attack of sciatica meant he couldn’t control his foot which led to him pressing the accelerator pedal instead of the brake.

But the 60-year-old, of Tottenham, north London, was cleared of the charge at Southwark Crown Court on Monday this week after prosecutors offered no evidence against him.

Jayne’s dad Peter Helliwell, who is the deputy headteacher at Danetre School, told the Daventry Express how the family are still struggling to come to terms with what’s happened.

He said: “The whole thing has just left us all numb and feeling sick.

“We are still trying to deal with it all and going over what happened again in court was awful.”

Miss Helliwell, of Greenway in Braunston, had been living in the capital with her boyfriend Daniel Smallwood, from Daventry, for the three years before her death.

She was a talented photographer and artist and was on her way to a photoshoot with rock band Fun Lovin’ Criminals when the accident happened.

For the full story see today’s Daventry Express.