Beds, Herts & Bucks

National Express driver 'reacted quickly' before crash

A passenger on a National Express coach which hit and killed a man thought the driver "reacted quickly" and "did all he could", a court has heard.

Keith Brooke, 80, was crossing the A120 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, on 23 January when he was hit by the Stansted Airport-bound coach.

John Milloy, 57, of Windsor Terrace, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

He has opted not to give evidence at his trial at St Albans Crown Court.

Mr Brooke, of Westland Green, Hertfordshire, had parked his car in a layby on the A120 and was crossing the road to be picked up by his son-in-law to watch his grandson play rugby.

'Braking hard'

He was hit by the coach and died at the scene.

The coach was being driven at 62mph in a 50mph limit, the jury has heard.

The court heard Mr Milloy had a clean driving licence and no criminal convictions and had driven coaches in the UK and Europe since 1991.

His barrister Fayza Benlamkadem read a statement from passenger Martin Cox.

"I saw a man running in front of the coach," he said.

"I became aware of the coach driver braking hard.

"He did all he could to bring the coach to a stop. The coach driver reacted very quickly."

The trial continues.

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