Waterlooville lollipop man’s death: CPS drops case against driver

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A WOMAN accused of causing the death of an 82-year-old lollipop man by careless driving will not face another retrial.

Lauren Paul, 23, was driving a Nissan Micra that collided with great-grandfather Raymond Elsmore in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville, near Queen’s Inclosure Primary School.

Miss Paul, of Holly Drive, Waterlooville, had denied causing Mr Elsmore’s death by careless driving.

She faced two trials - one in November at Portsmouth Crown Court and a second last month at Southampton Crown Court.

The jury in each case was discharged.

Today the prosecution offered no evidence during a short hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court, which means the case will not be proceeded with.

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 2012.

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