Horror death crash driver faces charge
5:30am Saturday 30th August 2014 in By Dominic Gilbert
ARNIE Peter Rogers has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the horrific collision which took the life of 33-year-old Paul Winters in May.
Early on the morning of May 25, Paul had been a passenger in a Nissan Almera travelling along Thamesdown Drive close to the Orbital Retail Park.
The car was being driven by his father when it was struck by a Vauxhall Astra travelling in the opposite direction.
Paul was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene shortly after 6.30am. His 61-year-old father was transferred to Southmead Hospital with critical but non-life threatening injuries, where he remained for a number of days before recovering.
The two occupants of the Astra fled the scene, and two men were arrested at an address close to the scene later that day.
After extensive police inquiries, Rogers, 23, of Saltash Road, wsa charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance, and a further charge of causing injury by dangerous driving.
He will appear at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on September 17. The second man arrested has not been charged with any offences.
A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “A driver has been charged following a fatal road traffic collision in Swindon.
“The incident took place on May 25, 2014 on Thamesdown Drive, Swindon, when a Vauxhall Astra collided with a Nissan Almera close to the entrance of the Orbital Shopping Centre.
“As a result of the crash the passenger of the Almera, Paul Winters, 33, from Swindon, died from his injuries.
“The driver of the Almera, a 61-year-old male from Swindon, sustained serious injuries. He has subsequently been released from hospital.”