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Court hears man ‘danced in road’ before collision

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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A DRUNKEN pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in the early hours was seen ‘dancing around’ in the road, oblivious to traffic, a jury heard.

Leighton Hollins, of Fairfield Crescent, Newhall, had been out drinking with work colleagues and was walking home when he was struck by a Ford Mondeo on the A511 Ashby bypass.

The 29-year-old had consumed a ‘considerable amount’ of alcohol, said prosecutor Stephen Kemp.

Leicester Crown Court heard how 47-year-old Robert David Burbury, of Salisbury Drive, Midway, denied causing Mr Hollins’s death by driving without due care and attention on November 19, 2011.

The victim was said by friends to be ‘drunk’.

Mr Kemp said: “He was walking to Swadlincote. It would seem that Mr Hollins had decided to walk to his home some time after 2am. He turned off into the Nottingham Road.”

Motorist Amy Ferrari saw Mr Hollins near Sycamore Drive at about 2.30am. In a statement she described him as ‘dancing in the road and apparently being oblivious to her car’.

Later, the victim was seen on the A511 Ashby bypass, near its junction with Discovery Way.

HGV driver Bruce Morris said in a statement he drives a United Biscuits lorry and travels on the bypass 30 to 40 times,between factories, on each shift.

A black car, which the prosecutor alleged was being driven by the defendant, overtook Mr Morris’s lorry at between 50 to 55mph on a hill.

As he went over the brow and reached Discovery Way he saw the car again and said he was ‘surprised’ how far ahead it had got since overtaking his vehicle.

“When he saw it again it was near to the centre of the road with its reversing lights on,” alleged Mr Kemp.

The driver got out and walked towards a body in the road.

Mr Kemp said attempts were made by people –including an off-duty police officer and a motorcyclist who stopped at the scene – to revive Mr Hollins. A doctor attended at 3.50am and confirmed he had died.

If the Mondeo driver braked, ‘it was not to a significant degree,’ alleged Mr Kemp.

Mr Hollins, an HGV driver for Arla Foods, died of multiple injuries.

PC Adrian Carlyle, a collision investigator for Leicestershire Police, said the Mondeo came to rest 50 metres from the debris on the road. There were no skid marks but the car had struck a kerb.

The officer said the Mondeo driver ‘had the opportunity to stop his vehicle before he reached the pedestrian,’ who was thrown onto the car’s bonnet and hit the roof.

The prosecutor said Burbury made a statement and said he had been wearing a seatbelt.

He said: “As he drove down the hill he could see someone walking towards him. A man began to walk across in the centre of the road and he lifted his foot off the accelerator and began to apply the brake.” (Proceeding)

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