A driver from Crowthorne has today (Jan 21) been found not guilty of causing the deaths of a police officer and a pensioner in Berkshire.
36-year-old Agne Jasulaitiene was turning off the A4 in Hare Hatch near Reading in 2017 when her car was hit by a motorbike being ridden by PC James Dixon.
PC Dixon and Jasulaitiene's passenger, 91-year-old Gladys Goodwin, both died at the scene.
The mother of two had denied causing their deaths and it took a jury of eight men and four women an hour to find her not guilty.
During the trial the jury heard that Ms Jasulaitiene, a registered carer, was driving Gladys Goodwin home after taking her out for lunch when the collision occured.
The Toyota Aygo, driven by Jasulaitiene, was turning right off the A4 into Blake's lane when PC Dixon's motorbike hit the passenger side of the car.
It was established by experts that PC Dixon, who starred in the TV series Road Wars, was estimated to be riding between 80mph and 97mph at the time of the crash.
Giving evidence, Ms Jasulaitiene said she had checked the road ahead was clear before turning and never saw PC James Dixon and his motorbike.
Addressing the court, the judge described the case as a very difficult and emotional one for all involved.
Following the verdict, PC James Dixon's wife Samantha said on behalf of the family: "Whilst we are disappointed with the verdict, regardless of the outcome it would never have changed the most important fact about this tragic case, and that is myself and the rest of James’ family have lost a husband, father, son and brother. He was also a friend to so many. Thames Valley Police have lost a committed and highly professional officer and respected colleague. He will be forever missed and never forgotten."
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She continued to say: “My heart and thoughts also extend to the family of Gladys Goodwin, in particular Sandie, David, Beth and Joe. They also lost a key member of their family in this collision.
“We now need to process all the distressing things we’ve seen and heard over the last seven days of the trial and then attempt to move forward as best we can."