Case Study

24-year-old in court over pedestrian death

Incident date: 
Sun, 12 Feb 2012

A DRIVER accused of killing a pedestrian as he walked home from a night out has gone on trial for causing death by dangerous driving.

Jamie Smith, aged 24, denies causing 23-year-old Kyle Simpkins’ death by dangerous driving on Fabian Way in Swansea on February 12 2012. He also denies an alternative, lesser count of causing death by careless driving.

Opening the case, barrister John Hipkin told the jury that the prosecution allege Smith had been using his mobile phone without any hands-free equipment before or at the time of the incident. A call log taken from Smith’s mobile phone showed he had made two phone calls, one at 12.36.39am lasting two minutes and 59 seconds and a second one that lasted 27 seconds at 12.39.16am.

Smith was driving his Subaru from the car park on Park Street in the city centre to his girlfriend’s home, along Fabian Way, when the incident happened. The average length of this journey is 7 minutes and 10 seconds.

The first 999 call was made by a taxi driver reporting a body in the road at 12.40.25am.

The driver later told police that by the time he had stopped his vehicle and dialled 999, it was around 30 to 60 seconds after he had seen the incident.

The second call would have ended one minute and nine seconds before the 999 call was made, around the time of impact.

Smith told police he had made those two phone calls before he began driving and his phone was in his pocket while he drove.

The court heard Mr Simpkins had been out drinking on Wind Street with his friends and girlfriend.

On the first day of the trial, witnesses said they had seen him stumbling between the pavement and the road before the incident.

The trial continues.

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