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Driver told police he was blinded by sun when he hit pedestrian

Supreme Court (file photograph)

A motorist told police he was blinded by the sun when he struck a nurse with his car, Supreme Court heard yesterday.

Pc Christopher Douglas told the court that he spoke with Norrell Hull Jr, 48, who claimed he had not seen Tamra Broadley as she crossed Berry Hill Road in Paget.

Mr Hull is accused of causing the death of Ms Broadley by careless driving. Ms Broadley died a month after the September 3, 2019 collision.

Pc Douglas said he was called to the pedestrian crosswalk by King Edward VII Memorial Hospital car park on Berry Hill Road, Devonshire with his partner, where they saw a motor car, several people and a fire truck on the scene.

He added: “When I made brief conversation with the defendant he went on to say that the sun was affecting his vision and he did not see the pedestrian walking initially.

“However, when he did see her, he attempted to apply his brakes and he had struck her while she was on the pedestrian crossing.”

Pc Douglas added that, one month later, he led an investigation into Mr Hull after Ms Broadley died.

Mr Hull, from Southampton, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Pc Douglas said when he came to the scene, the fire service “was handing over to an ambulance to let them take over”.

He added: “I’d taken amateur photographs using my mobile phone after the accident, particularly of the road.”

Mr Douglas said he spoke to Ms Broadley after she had been taken to the hospital’s emergency unit.

He added: “We had relayed the information from Ms Broadley that she hoped he was remorseful.

“She was also unsure whether or not she wanted to prosecute. He told us he would see her as soon as he could.”

Mr Douglas said that Ms Broadley later asked to press charges against Mr Hull and that he got a statement from her on October 3.

He added that, the next night, he was informed that she had died.

Mr Douglas presented the findings of the investigation to the Department of Public Prosecutions, who agreed to charge Mr Hull, and he was arrested later that month.

Simora Lema, a pharmacology nurse at KEMH, said that she was in the parking lot when she heard what she believed was an accident.

She said: “I heard a commotion, like a vehicular accident.

“I heard an impact like two bikes but then I heard ‘he struck me, I can’t believe he struck me’.”

Ms Lema said that she discovered the woman’s voice came from her colleague, Ms Broadley, whom she found on the ground at the pedestrian crossing from the parking lot.

“I gathered my bag from my car and went to see who needed help.

“Ms Broadley, she was laying on the ground to the crossing of the car park to a little bit away from the pedestrian crossing.

“Norrell’s car was parked in the middle of the road and he was directing traffic. I asked Tamra if she could stand and she said ‘no I cannot’, so we called 911.”

Ms Lema said that Ms Broadley later complained of pain in her right leg, which prompted Ms Lema to use her bag to elevate Ms Broadley’s leg.

Ms Lema added: “She kept asking who hit her.”

Archibald Warner, for the defence, asked if she remembered seeing rumble strips in the road. She said she could not.

Mr Warner also questioned how she could remember certain details, such as what Ms Broadley said and who accused Mr Hull of driving, if she was unable to recall the smaller details.

Ms Lema said: “I don’t know.”

The trial continues.

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