Death driving accused breaks down in court

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First published in News

A MOTORIST accused of driving carelessly when he hit and killed a prison worker broke down in tears as he told a court: “I have to live with this for the rest of my life.”

Daniel Fallaw, of Peregrine Way, Bicester, denies causing death by careless driving after his silver Ford Escort collided with cyclist David Parris, 48, in Bicester. The crash happened on December 4, 2012, as Mr Parris was crossing Neunkirchen Way next to the roundabout with the A41.

Yesterday, Fallaw, 36, was asked by his defence barrister Andrew Hobson if there was anything he could have done to avoid the collision. He replied: “I don’t, there wasn’t, I did all I could, I did my best. If there was anything that I could have done, I would have.”

Mr Hobson asked him: “How do you feel about what happened?”

Sobbing, the defendant told him: “I’m absolutely devastated. I have to live with this for the rest of my life. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t wish I could have done something.”

Mr Parris, who worked at Bullingdon prison, suffered a serious brain injury when he hit his head on the car windscreen and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital.

Prosecutor Iain Wicks told Fallaw his “impatient” driving was to blame for the crash, adding: “I’m saying that you were going too fast and you were using that roundabout to overtake.”

The defendant replied: “I don’t believe I was going too fast and I didn’t enter that roundabout to overtake.”

The trial continues.

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