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Bermudian to stand trial over UK road death

A Bermudian driver will stand trial accused of causing the death of a young motorcyclist in England by driving carelessly.

Malcolm Griffiths appeared at Worthing Magistrates' Court at the end of last month, when he elected to go to trial on the charge of causing death by careless driving.

The 69-year-old from Landmark Drive, Southampton, will go on trial at Chichester Magistrates' Court in the south of England in June. Mr Griffiths was arrested after the fatal road traffic accident on August 24 last year, on the A29 close to the village of Bury, in West Sussex.

He was behind the wheel when his car collided with motorcyclist William Ruewell, who was travelling along the road.

Mr Ruewell, 20, suffered significant injuries as a result of the crash and died.

Mr Griffiths's passenger, a 64-year-old Bermudian woman, suffered whiplash and a broken collarbone in the accident.

He was initially arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving before later being charged with causing death by careless driving.

He has now been released on police bail until his trial.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Malcolm Griffiths, 69, of Landmark Drive, Southampton, Bermuda, appeared at Worthing Magistrates' Court on 24 March charged with causing death by careless driving.

“He was remanded on bail, with a requirement to provide a security to the sum of £2,000, to appear for trial at Chichester Magistrates' Court on June 18.”

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Published April 10, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated April 10, 2015 at 2:16 pm)

Bermudian to stand trial over UK road death

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