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Man convicted of causing death by dangerous driving

News   •   Sep 23, 2017 10:16 BST

[Convicted: John Mulligan]

A man has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving following the death of a pedestrian in south London.

John Mulligan, 33 (13.08.84) of Southerngate Way, SE14 was found guilty following a four-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 22 September of causing the death of Paul Weidlich.

He will be sentenced on Thursday, 12 October.

Detective Sergeant Richard Budd, from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Mulligan's speeding and dangerous driving caused the death of a man who was simply crossing a road. Throughout this investigation, Mulligan refused to accept that he was driving above the speed limit. Had this been the case, the outcome of his collision may have been different.

"This case highlights the need for motorists to behave appropriately and respect that improper driving can have serious consequences."

At approximately 17:20hrs on 4 June 2016, Mulligan was driving a high-powered Volkswagen Golf TSI-R along Creek Road towards Deptford. He stopped at traffic lights alongside a BMW; CCTV footage captured the two vehicles pulling away at speed.

As the two cars approached Creek Bridge, Mulligan pulled ahead but as he neared a hatched area containing traffic islands, he switched lanes. His speed was calculated to be in excess of 52mph, in a 30mph zone.

With his vision impaired, due to the incline of the bridge over Deptford Creek, Mulligan collided with 54-year-old Mr Weidlich who was crossing the road.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended; Mr Weidlich was taken to a south London hospital where he died a short time later.

Mulligan stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was charged by postal charge requisition on Friday, 24 February.

The driver of the BMW did not stop. Despite extensive enquiries, they have not been traced.

At the start of his trial, Mulligan pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, but this was rejected by the Crown.