Search

Lifelong Islington resident, 91, who died after collision with black cab was ‘tossed into the air and did a somersault’.

16:42 04 February 2013

Renee Peett in the Navy during World War II

Renee Peett in the Navy during World War II

Archant

A 91-year-old woman who died after a collision with a black cab was “tossed in the air and did a somersault” after the accident, a court heard.

Renee Peett, a lifelong Islington resident who lived in Petherton Road, Highbury, died two days after the incident on Waterloo Bridge in October 2011 which left her with a shattered pelvis and broken spine.

The driver of the taxi, Noel Cameron, of Sixth Avenue, Manor Park, is accused of causing death by careless driving - his trial started at Inner London Crown Court on Monday.

Paul Ayling, who was cycling along the bridge at the time, witnessed the collision.

He said: “She was tossed in the air, pretty much did a somersault, then came to rest in the bus lane. She was laid in the recovery position, with her head facing north and feet facing south.”

Opening the case for the prosecution, Hamish Reid told the jury: “There is no dispute that Mr Cameron was driving and there is no dispute that he collided with Renee Peett and she eventually died of injuries sustained.

“What is in dispute and what you all need to decide is whether he was driving with due care and attention.

“It is not part of the case to suggest that when Mr Cameron started his journey he intended to kill. Of course he did not.

“Whatever your decision he will need to live with what happened for the rest of his life.”

Mr Cameron was heading south across the bridge taking a teenage passenger from his school in north London to Fulham training ground at about 5:30pm on October 3 2011.

Ms Peett, who had health problems, dementia and used a walking stick, tried to cross the road.

Mr Reid said: “When she was struck by the taxi driven by Mr Cameron she had been in the road for at least five seconds, maybe significantly more, she was there to be seen.”

He added that a motorcyclist who was behind the taxi had seen the victim from the moment she stepped off the kerb.

He said: “Mr Cameron failed to observe Renee Peett in the road in front until the very last instant. It may be she was unwise to cross the road where she did, but that does not provide an excuse.”

Mr Cameros stopped at the scene as was “clearly shocked and distressed”.

He was arrested by police and when interviewed claimed Ms Peett stepped out, walked slowly and was unaware of the traffic.

The trial continues.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

15:45
Islington Square Show Apartment

Interior designers Amos and Amos have created a hyper local show home featuring only furniture and accessories they sourced from in and around shops on Upper Street

15:39
The vulnerable boy was kept in a cell on multiple occasions since March, but Just for Kids Law claims Islington Council didn't help him. Picture: PA file photo/Paul Faith

A children’s charity has launched legal action against Islington Council, accusing it of failing to house a vulnerable 14-year-old boy being held in police cells.

11:28
Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council. Picture: Louise O'Gorman

Islington Council leader Richard Watts is inviting people to grill him in a Question Time-style meeting tonight.

10:34
Islington Gazette July 25, 1986

Lorry driver Stanley Frankland broke down in tears when an Old Bailey jury cleared him of murdering his rival in a “love triangle”.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Tracey Palmer, Macmillan information and support manager at The Whittington Hospital, and Angel Bellot, the hospital's PALS and complaints manager (Picture: Eve Harris)

Two brave Whittington workers will swap the wards for the sky (and then, hopefully, the ground) when they jump out of a plane for charity this weekend.

Friday, July 22, 2016
MP Andy Burnham visited the New River Green Childrens Centre, in Ramsey Walk in 2013

Parents have just hours left to respond to Islington Council’s cost-cutting plans for its early childhood service, which many fear could have a damaging effect.

Friday, July 22, 2016
Service user Anna (L) with Celia from St Martin of Tours Islington (Picture: Islington Council)

What better way to enjoy the glorious sunshine than with a spot of gardening?

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Whitehall Park School has been in temporary blocks since opening in 2014. (Picture: Nigel Sutton).

Children at Islington’s £10million first free school will spend next term in a college after being forced out of their portacabins before the new building is ready.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now