Lorry driver denies causing death of runner

PUBLISHED: 12:35 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

Paul Pearce

Paul Pearce

A LORRY driver has denied causing the death of a former world champion Paralympic runner by dangerous driving. Mark Gollan will stand trial before a jury at Luton Crown Court next year. The man who died was 43-year-old Paul Pearce who lived in The Crescen

A LORRY driver has denied causing the death of a former world champion Paralympic runner by dangerous driving.

Mark Gollan will stand trial before a jury at Luton Crown Court next year.

The man who died was 43-year-old Paul Pearce who lived in The Crescent, Letchworth GC, and was almost blind.

He worked as a window cleaner in Biggleswade.

Mr Pearce, who was a member of North Herts Road Runners and past winner of two Comet Sports Awards, won marathon gold in the International Blind Sports Association world championship in 2003 and came sixth in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens.

He regularly trained on the A507 Stotfold bypass which is where he was fatally injured last February 9.

Gollan, 38, of Abbotts Road, Letchworth GC, was driving a seven-and-a-half-tonne lorry at the time.

He made his first appearance at Luton Crown Court on Monday where he entered his not guilty plea. His trial will not begin before February next year, but a date still has to be fixed.

Prosecutor Natalie Carter said: "The Crown will not accept a plea to the lesser charge of careless driving."

Gollan was given unconditional bail.

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