Sheffield death motorist was ‘driving responsibly’ before fatal collision with schoolboy a court hears

Adrian Webster
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A Sheffield motorist who hit and killed a 14-year-old boy outside his school said he was ‘driving responsibly’ before the fatal collision occurred.

Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Centre, Manor, took to the stand to give evidence in his defence and told the jury at Sheffield Crown Court he was heading home on the day the tragedy happened.

Adrian Webster

Adrian Webster

Francis Edusei, defending, asked Webster if he thought his driving was irresponsible leading up to the crash outside Sheffield Park Academy in which pupil Lawrence Moorhouse suffered fatal injuries.

He replied: “No it wasn’t.”

The defendant denied claims from fellow motorist Marcello Finnochiaro he was ‘driving like a madman, like a maniac’ and that he was driving in and out of cars like a ‘slalom’.

“I wouldn’t say that no.” Webster responded.

The defendant was asked about his knowledge of the school’s location.

He said: “I was aware that something was there, I wasn’t aware that this was a school. I thought it was a facility for football and rugby because of the fields.”

Mr Edusei also asked Webster to comment on the police reconstruction suggesting he was driving faster than 30mph.

“I looked at the speed and it was 28 to 30mph.

“They have me doing a lot faster on the footage.

“It’s poor quality and I’m unsure how they have come to that conclusion.”

Webster described the moments leading up to the fatal collision on December 10, 2013.

After coming off Sheffield Parkway on to the slip road, he went into the right hand lane, saying traffic was ‘very busy’.

But after a van driver pulled in front of him, he changed to the left hand lane.

The court heard Webster moved up the left-hand lane and tried to re-join the right hand lane to turn off towards Prince of Wales Road.

Webster told the court he ‘went all the way around’ the roundabout, accelerated and turned off in front of cars in the right hand lane towards Prince of Wales Road.

He denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The trial continues.