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Coroner mulls referring Highways England to CPS over death on smart motorway – AA comments 

Commenting on the news that coroner Nicola Munday is considering referring Highways England to the CPS for them to consider the charge of either corporate manslaughter or gross negligence manslaughter following the death of Nargis Begum*, Edmund King, AA president, said: “The coroner is absolutely right to question why it took 22 minutes and 36 seconds between the breakdown and warning signs going live. The AA has been raising similar questions for a number of years and last year revealed that on average it took 17 minutes and one second** for a vehicle to be spotted broken down or stopped in a live lane.

“This tragic case and too many others, are exactly why we have campaigned for doubling the number of emergency refuge areas to every 3/4 mile and for stopped vehicle detection technology to be fitted across the network.

“The Transport Secretary agreed to these demands in an 18-point plan last March which we welcomed and the coroner’s questions reinforce the importance of that plan being implemented as fast as possible.”

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