Thursday, January 26, 2012
Motorist convicted after 2007 crash at Fordham, near Newmarket.
A Cambridgeshire man who killed a King’s Lynn couple while driving at up to 120mph and on the wrong side of the road, has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.
Ben Edwards, 26, of Northfield Road, Soham, was found guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on Wednesday and is due to be sentenced on March 5.
Edwards was seriously injured in the 2007 crash and spent time in a coma. He had pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing to causing death by dangerous driving but a jury found him guilty of the charge this week.
Father of two Paul Adams, 40, and Kathryn Dunn, 26 from North Wootton, Kings Lynn, were on their way to the airport for a holiday in the Dominican Republic when they were killed on March 11, 2007.
The couple both worked at Adrian Flux Insurance.
Edwards’ Mercedes SLK hit the couple’s Mercedes CLK on the A142 bypass at Fordham near Newmarket. He was found to be over the drink-drive limit and on the wrong side of the road at speeds of around 120mph.
Edwards received serious injuries in the collision and for a long time was considered unfit to face trial. However, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth ruled in early January that Edwards could face a court.
Speaking after the case, PC Steve Edwards said: “This case has taken a long time to be brought to court and a lot of background work was done to prove Edwards was fit to stand trial.
“This is an extremely sad case and my thoughts are with the couple’s families.”
The families of Paul Adams and Kathryn Dunn issued a statement following the jury’s verdict.
“Knowing that justice has finally been done may help us some way along the path to recovery from this dreadful event,” it said.
“We are enormously grateful to everyone involved in securing this conviction, particularly the superb Cambridgeshire police force for their hard work and determination so long after this crime was committed.”