Jake’s bereaved parents seek justice with CDF help
22 November 2016 – 1:01pm
Twelve year old Jake was with his mates cycling to the local water park, looking over his shoulder at the tractor behind him. Three drivers saw the boys and decided it was unsafe to overtake. Maurice King didn’t want to wait, so he overtook the queue at 60mph, hitting Jake after passing the tractor. Jake’s parents’ fight for justice continues following the Coroner’s criticism of King’s driving.
Fatal four vehicle overtake
28 months after their 12 year old son Jake died whilst cycling to Bosworth Water Park, his parents are asking Leicestershire Police to re-consider the case in light of the evidence given last week at the inquest into his death.
The inquest heard that on 29 July 2014, Jake was cycling along Bosworth Road in Wellesborough, behind two of his mates. Following Jake was a large tractor which filled the lane. As the boys rode towards the water park, a number of cars joined a queue behind the tractor.
The first three drivers in the queue didn’t think they could see far enough down the road to overtake safely, and all of them saw not just cyclists, but young cyclists ahead of the tractor. They decided to wait. Maurice King thought otherwise and pulled out into the opposite lane to overtake the four vehicles in front, at a speed estimated by collision investigators to be around 60 mph.
It seems to me that the decision to overtake was the wrong decision. I cannot accept for a minute that it was appropriate to pull out of this line of traffic and overtake them.”
Robert Chapman, Assistant Coroner for Rutland and North Leicestershire
A beautiful boy, who was fun-loving and outgoing
Toni Mitchell, Jake Mitchell’s Mum
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