Case Study

Graham Epps killed cycling on the A2 in Kent

Incident date: 
Fri, 3 Aug 2012

This is the second death on the A2 within a few days – the first, a 14-year-old boy named Kyle Coen – was killed near Sittingbourne on 30 July.

  • UPDATE (13/03/14)

The driver, Charles Maxted of Whitstable, was originally told he would not face prosecution but has since been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a review of the decision not to charge by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Epps’ mother, Sarah-Jane Turner, spoke of her frustration at the decision and the case was eventually reviewed.

The plea hearing has been adjourned until May 30th at the driver’s request to allow more medical reports to be obtained.

Members of Mr Epps’ family sat in court as the judge said: “On its face, it is a highly unusual and difficult case. It would be sensible to have a complete overview of the medical evidence.”

Judge Statman said of a provisional trial date set for September 1: “I understand that is six months hence, which is a long time for the defendant and family to be kept waiting, but there are good reasons for it.

“Firstly, we are dealing with highly unusual circumstances and, secondly, we have just had a second judge retire in the course of this week, so we are two judges down.”

Maxted’s unconditional bail was continued.

  • UPDATE (02/07/14)

Maxted pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 30th June.

The trial will commence on September 1st.

  • UPDATE (02/09/14)

Charles Maxted pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Maidstone Crown Court on September 1st.

Maxted will be sentenced on December 19th.

  • UPDATE (23/12/2014)

Charles Maxted was sentenced to 15 months in prison and banned from driving for 20 years. Kent Police said that Mr Maxted, a type one diabetic for most of his adult life, had been significantly lax in his daytime testing regime.

CTC's view: 

The location of the crash was the eastbound carriageway of the A2 near here: http://www.bing.com/maps/?v=2&cp=51.295642~0.984713&lvl=13&dir=0&sty=s&e…

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