Highways England may face manslaughter charges after a woman died on ‘smart motorway’

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HIGHWAYS England may face manslaughter charges after a woman died on a “smart motorway”.

Nargis Begum, 62, was killed when a vehicle collided with her Nissan which had broken down.

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Nargis Begum was killed when a vehicle collided with her Nissan which had broken down[/caption]

There is no hard shoulder on the section of the M1 in South Yorkshire where her car stopped.

A pre-inquest review heard it took more than 22 minutes for warning signs to be activated, during which time the fatal accident took place.

Doncaster coroner Nicola Mundy said: “I want to know why. It’s as simple as that.”

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A pre-inquest review heard it took more than 22 minutes for warning signs to be activated, during which time the mum-of-five was killed[/caption]


Ms Mundy said she was considering whether to make a referral to the CPS about potential corporate manslaughter.

Mum-of-five Ms Begum, of Sheffield, had got out of her car but it was shunted into her by the force of the collision.

Edmund King, of the AA, said: “The coroner is right to question why it took [so long] between the breakdown and warning signs going live.”

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