Mum cleared over son's crash death
A woman has been cleared of causing the death by careless driving of her 11-year-old son.
Karen Evans, 36, had crossed at high speed from lane two of the A55 in North Wales to a slip road but was unable to control her car, which somersaulted into the air.
The devastating crash killed her autistic son Jordan instantly and left Ms Evans and her daughters, aged three and 18, with serious injuries, Mold Crown Court heard.
Prosecutors said the accident happened because Ms Evans was "in a rush" but she said her steering wheel was at fault.
Forensic examinations of the car later found that a bolt in the steering wheel was loose.
Mrs Evans sobbed with her face in her hands as the jury of seven men and five women returned their unanimous verdict after just over an hour and 15 minutes of deliberations. Her family and supporters in the public gallery shouted: "Yes."
Before the trial began on Monday, Judge Peter Heywood had questioned whether, given the mother's loss, a trial in which she would have to relive the awful events of her son's death was in the public interest.
He said: "Whatever the outcome of the trial, this is going to cause her considerable grief for the rest of her life. She is going to have to live with the consequences for the rest of her life. I'm simply expressing views of, perhaps, common humanity as a father myself. It must be a decision for the prosecution (but) I question whether this is in the public interest."
The Crown Prosecution Service responded by saying the case was in the "wider public interest".
After releasing Mrs Evans from the dock, the judge told the jurors he "entirely agreed" with their decision. He said: "It has been an awful ordeal for her - having lost a son and then having to go through a trial."