Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Crash charge 'bad dream' for mother

Private Gregg Stone, from 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, was shot dead in Helmand Province on June 3 last year (Iain Hamer/PA)

A woman whose daughter died in a car crash months after her soldier son was killed in Afghanistan has said she is living in a "bad, bad dream" after finding out that another of her children is to be prosecuted over the fatal collision.

Angie Stone was first hit by tragedy when her 20-year-old son Gregg was shot dead in Afghanistan last year.

Then her daughter, Jennie, 28, died in February when her car hit a tree in Fraisthorpe, East Yorkshire.

Now the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided to prosecute Jennie's sister, Rosie-Ann, 20, over the crash. Rosie-Ann is understood to have been driving her own car when the crash happened.

Mrs Stone, 56, told the Hull Daily Mail: "It is like we are losing another of our babies. Have our family not lost enough already? It is like being trapped in a bad, bad dream."

Mrs Stone, who lives near Hornsea, East Yorkshire, has vowed to fight the decision "tooth and nail" and said she cannot mourn properly with a court case hanging over the family.

She believes Jennie would be appalled by the CPS's decision if she was still alive. She said the sisters were extremely close.

A CPS spokeswoman said: "Rosie-Ann Stone has been reported for summons for driving without due care and causing a fatality. We are aware of the incredibly emotive circumstances of this case but must adhere to the Code for Crown Prosecutors which requires our lawyers to consider two things. The first is whether there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. Where this is met, and it is in this case, we must consider whether it is in the public interest to prosecute. To make this decision we have sought the views of all parties including the Stones' family and Jennie's immediate family.

"Taking into account all of the information available to us at this time, we have concluded that it is in the public interest to prosecute Rosie-Ann and have advised Humberside Police to report her for summons."

Rosie-Ann Stone is expected to appear in court next month.

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