Wellingborough driver accused of causing Northampton man’s death appears at magistrates’ court

Rectory Farm man Roger Cridge was killed on the A4500 in Ecton as he walked home last June.
Rectory Farm man Roger Cridge was killed on the A4500 in Ecton as he walked home last June.

A man accused of causing the death of a Northampton man by driving carelessly on the A4500 will have his case heard by a crown court judge in February.

Cristian-Vasile Homan, 24, of Henshaw Road, Wellingborough, is alleged to have struck 54-year-old Roger Cridge in the early hours of Saturday, June 20, while driving along the main road in Ecton in a Honda Civic.

Mr Cridge, from Rectory Farm, was believed to have been walking home at the time and died of his injuries. His body was discovered at 3.30am that morning.

At Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Homan appeared to face charges of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, for failing to stop after an accident, for not having the correct insurance on his vehicle at the time and for not producing insurance documents at the police station when requested.

Appearing in court wearing a casual jacket and communicating via an interpreter, Homan was granted unconditional bail until Wednesday, February 3, when he will appear at Northampton Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.

Another driver alleged to have been involved in the incident, Sandra Murray, of Ovestone Lane, Sywell, also appeared in front of magistrates yesterday.

The 67-year-old faces charges of driving without due care and attention, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

However yesterday prosecutor Matthew Williams said the Crown Prosecution Service is unlikely to pursue the two “driving off” charges as he said Murray was not directly involved in the incident.

Her case was adjourned until Wednesday, January 27, when she will appear at Kettering Magistrates’ Court.