Coroner to suggest changes after Jersey toddler death


The Coroner at the inquest into the death a toddler who was hit by a van in a Jersey ‘shared space’ scheme is planning to write to the relevant authorities to make recommendations.

Authorities in the Channel island held an inquest last week into the death of Clinton Pringle while on holiday in June 2016. He was crossing Tunnel Street in St Helier when Rebekah Le Gal failed to see him and hit him with her van.

St Helier, Jersey

She was given suspended jail sentence in July, having pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving after being cleared of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

According to reports, although the criminal trial raised a number of issues about the road layout, Deputy Viscount Mark Harris said the inquest was not to 'attribute blame or liability', or to discuss the reasons why the road was designed in the way it was.

In his summing up, he said he was pleased to hear of changes being planned, but would still write to the Parish of St Helier and other highways agencies to suggest that work needs to be done to prevent future deaths.

Following the criminal trial, the Parish said it was considering changes in the area but would not be in a position implement them until the conclusion of all legal matters.


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