Lillian Groves 07-06-1996 ~ 26-06-2010

On 26th June 2010, 14 year old Lillian Groves was hit by a speeding car outside her home in New Addington, Croydon.

The driver of the vehicle JOHN PAGE 36 was jailed for four months on 7th July 2011 after admitting causing death by careless driving and causing death by driving uninsured. The car was not registered to Page and was travelling at 43mph in a 30mph zone on impact.

Following the collision, police searched the car he had been driving and found a half-smoked cannabis cigarette in the consol.

Page said he couldn't remember why it was there.

A blood test was taken nine hours after he was arrested.
Nine hours too late for sufficient traces of the cannabis he’d openly admitted he’d been smoking before the collision to be found in his blood stream..

He later admitted he had taken cannabis that eventful day, however the amount was deemed not enough for him to face a more serious charge of causing death while driving under the influence of drugs, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.

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