Distraught parents of girl killed by a driver who fainted at the wheel charged with harassment

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Colin and Angela Dawson appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court after allegedly harassing the driver of a BMW which mounted the pavement and ploughed into tragic Katelyn.

The heartbroken parents of a 15-year-old girl who died after being killed by a driver who fainted at the wheel appeared in court charged with harassing the driver.

Katelyn Dawson died of multiple injuries after a 51-year-old motorist’s BMW mounted the pavement and careered into a busy bus stop.

But the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) heard evidence the driver fainted at the wheel and he has never been charged with any offence in the one year and 11 months since.

Katelyn’s devastated parents Colin, 47, and Angela, 50, are accused of since harassing the motorist and a woman, thought to be his wife, on a number of occasions.

These include, handing out a petition entitled Justice for Katelyn outside the premises where the driver worked.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday both parents have struggled to come to terms with the CPS’ decision not to charge the driver.

District Judge Richard Clews listened to arguments from prosecutor, Bill Astin and defence solicitor, Jonathan Slawinski without either of the defendants present.

Both parents, of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, sat outside the court in its precincts while the hearing took place.

Mr Clews then adjourned the case until January 14, 2020. Colin and Angela each face 10 charges.

Colin, a school caretaker, and Angela, who works at another school, were told last year the driver was not criminally responsible for their daughter’s death due to “insane automatism”.

West Yorkshire Police conducted an intensive examination of the lead-up to the horror crash.

Two other women were hurt in the shunt in Huddersfield on January 10, 2018, one of them suffering life-changing injuries.

Huddersfield MP, Labour’s Barry Sheerman, who has campaigned on behalf of the Dawsons and has named the driver in the House of Commons, sent a letter to the court pleading their case.

“I truly sympathise with Mr and Mrs Dawson in their endurance of injustice with regard to their daughter’s case.

“I find it strange that a justice system where a child is killed but no-one is prosecuted but her distressed and desperate parents end up charged with harassment,” the politician wrote.