Widower of crash victim: ‘Driver has shown no remorse to my family’

PUBLISHED: 16:28 12 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:29 12 December 2014

Desreen Brooks and her husband Ben Brooks-Dutton.

Desreen Brooks and her husband Ben Brooks-Dutton.


The widower of Desreen Brooks has criticised the driver that mowed her down in 2012 for showing no “true signs of remorse or consideration”.

Geoffrey Lederman outside Blackfriars Crown Court. Picture: Dieter Perry.Geoffrey Lederman outside Blackfriars Crown Court. Picture: Dieter Perry.

Ben Brooks-Dutton released a statement on his blog on Wednesday following Geoffrey Lederman’s conviction for causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Brooks-Dutton set up the blog, which deals with the issue of grief, in the wake of his wife’s death and also wrote a book released earlier this year.

In his statement, he wrote: “At no time have we – my family and I – been shown any true signs of remorse or consideration through the defendant’s approach to this trial.

“The process and timescale of this trial, I believe, were lengthened and made more complex and painful by the sheer number of obstacles placed in the way of the prosecution.”

Mr Brooks-Dutton, who has a four-year-old son, also appealed to the public to get elderly friends or relatives off the road if they have any concerns about their driving.

He wrote: “I appeal to you all to do something about it before it’s too late.

“And when considering their potential risk on the road, it should not be about the manner with which they have generally operated a vehicle under low-stress conditions over a number of decades, but rather the response rates that they are likely to be able to apply when something actually goes wrong.”

To read Mr Brooks-Dutton’s full statement, click here.

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