Jury discharged in trial of driver accused of causing Waterlooville lollipop man’s death

Lauren Paul
Lauren Paul

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A JURY in the trial of a woman accused of causing the death of an 82-year-old lollipop man by careless driving has been discharged.

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

A 12-strong jury was discharged by judge Roger Hetherington four hours and 23 minutes after commencing its deliberations at Portsmouth Crown Court.

A retrial is likely to be held on a date to be set.

Paul, of Ramblers Way, Waterlooville, sobbed in the dock as Judge Hetherington discharged the jury.

Great-grandfather Mr Elsmore, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville, 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.