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Teenager accused of Runcorn baby death cleared of blame

A teenager who was charged following the death of a baby boy at a Runcorn travellers site has been cleared of all blame.

It's after a one year old baby boy died after he was hit by a van at a travellers site on Warrington Road in September. 

He was taken to Warrington hospital where he later died. 

19 year old Douglas Doherty appeared before Halton magistrates today accused of causing death by dangerous driving. 

The Crown Prosecution Service have dropped the case after concluding that the teenager wasn't responsbile for the child's death. 

Richard Riley, Senior Crown Prosecutor said: “ “I have reviewed the circumstances of this tragic case and I have made the decision to discontinue the charge of causing death by driving a vehicle whilst uninsured. 

“The evidence does not show that the defendant was culpable for the child’s death"

“The one year old child was at the far side of the front of the vehicle as Mr Doherty slowly drove forward. Sadly, the child was so close to the van that it would have been impossible for Mr Doherty to have seen him before moving off. 

“This incident would appear to have been a tragic accident. 

Mr Doherty has now been charged with driving without insurance. He pleaded guilty to that charge at Halton Magistrates Court today  and has been disqualified from driving for 12 months. 

 

 

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