Driver weeps as she recalls moment she crashed into Waterlooville lollipop man

ACCUSED Lauren Paul
ACCUSED Lauren Paul
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A WOMAN wept in court as jurors were told details of a collision that led to the death of an 82-year-old lollipop man.

Lauren Paul, 22, was driving a Nissan Micra that collided with Raymond Elsmore in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville, near Queen’s Inclosure Primary School.

Paul, 22, of Ramblers Way, Waterlooville, denies causing death by careless driving.

A 12-strong jury at Portsmouth Crown Court heard great-grandfather Mr Elsmore, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville, was helping a pregnant woman cross the road and was standing in the southbound carriageway when the collision happened.

Mr Elsmore was on duty wearing his standard issue, high visibility fluorescent jacket and cap and carrying his lollipop school crossing patrol sign at the time.

He suffered serious head and chest injuries in the crash, which happened at about 3:05pm on December 5 last year.

Mr Elsmore was taken to by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where he later died.

Matthew Lawson, prosecuting, said: ‘Instead of slowing or stopping it [the Nissan Micra] ran right into Mr Elsmore as he stood in the middle of the southbound lane.

‘Mr Elsmore was scooped up onto the car which shattered the car’s windscreen.

‘Mr Elsmore was then thrown forward onto the road as the Nissan Micra braked and stopped.’

When asked by the pedestrian at the scene how she didn’t see Mr Elsmore, Paul replied ‘I couldn’t see,’ the court heard.

Mr Lawson said Paul told other people at the scene that she had not seen Mr Elsmore prior to the collision and that the sun had been in her eyes.

The court heard that in a prepared statement during a police interview following her arrest Paul said she was ‘desperately sorry’ for what had happened to Mr Elsmore.

Mr Lawson calculations made by a collision investigator who examined the crash scene indicated that the Nissan was likely to be travelling at a speed of between 21 and 28 miles per hour when the collision happened.

Addressing the jury, Mr Lawson said: ‘What the crown says is that this defendant’s driving at the time fell below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver in all the circumstances.’