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No fresh charge for Norwich death crash driver

Paul Dix who died after being in a vegetative state for almost six years following a hit and run. Pictured: Paul before the accident.

Paul Dix who died after being in a vegetative state for almost six years following a hit and run. Pictured: Paul before the accident.

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A driver who ploughed into a man outside his Norwich home will not face fresh charges following the death of the hit-and-run victim more than five years on from the crash.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has ruled out reopening the case of Paul Dix, pictured, who died on September 10 after almost six years in a persistent vegetative state.

After his death in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk Police asked the CPS to see if it was possible to investigate the case again. But the woman who drove into Mr Dix outside his Drayton Road home in 2006 cannot face fresh charges.

The offence with which she could have been charged, causing death by dangerous driving, was created in 2008 – after Mr Dix was hit by the car. A CPS spokesman said it was not possible to charge the driver with death by dangerous driving as the crash happened before the law was made.

Mr Dix’s mum, Jacqueline, said: “It would have given us some sense of justice.

“I think my son’s life was worth a lot more than a £50 fine and a ban for six months (from driving). I was hoping they could do something.

“It would have been nice if she would have got more than a £50 fine.

“We are not happy but there is not a lot we can do about it.”

The former roofer was hit by the car on January 22, 2006, while he was out celebrating his 38th birthday with a group of friends.

The driver drove on and fled to a friend’s house. A woman from Lakenham received a six-month driving ban and admitted careless driving and failing to stop at the scene.

Her driving licence had expired due to medical restrictions.

Mr Dix, a father and grandfather, spent the last years of his life in Oak Farm Clinic on Fakenham Road, in Taverham, where he received round-the-clock care. The 43-year-old was unable to move anything apart from his eyes.

A CPS spokesman said: “The offence of causing death by careless driving was enacted in 2008 and is not retrospective.

“In these circumstances it is not possible to revisit the case.

“Our thoughts are very much with Mr Dix’s family at this very difficult time.”

Do you have a story for the Evening News? Contact Tom Bristow on 01603 772436 or email tom.bristow@ archant.co.uk

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