Yesterday we received a comment from the family of Nick Morley. In it, a good chunk of the haze surrounding the crash that occurred in Macedonia during the Gumball event has been cleared up. I thought it was worth posting on it’s own, as it’s too valuable to be lost in the comments section.
As we’ve said before, this case is an important landmark for the rally community. I can’t recall if there has ever been such a high profile situation where a competitor has been involved with a non competitors vehicle. It’s a shame that someone somewhere seems bent on setting a false example of a member of our community.
Letter after the break.
Nicholas Morley car accident, Macedonia, May 2nd 2007
STATEMENT OF FACTS AS OFFICIALLY RELEASED BY THE MORLEY FAMILY JUNE 7TH 2007
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ According to two expert crash investigators, the vehicle driven by Nicholas Morley was travelling at no more than 47mph (76kph) at the time of the accident
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The initial accident investigation was carried out by a professional Macedonian investigator. His findings were reviewed and confirmed by Dr Richard Lambourn, an established expert in the field
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Dr Lambourn was an accident reconstruction specialist at the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory for 23 years (1973-1996) and is currently a principal consultant at TRL, an independent, not-for-profit transport research firm and consultancy. It was the firm that reconstructed the car crash that caused the death of Diana, Princess of Wales
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The cause of the crash was a second vehicle pulling out of a minor road without warning and into NicholasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s path. The cause of the crash has not been disputed by the prosecution
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ According to the defence expert witnesses, Nicholas had 1.6 seconds to respond to the second carÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sudden appearance, causing him to react reflexively and swerve violently to the left. The defence experts concluded that the accident would have been unavoidable at 30mph (50kph)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The court declined to hear the evidence of the defence expert witnesses, although the testimony of the prosecution expert witness was heard
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Macedonia is party to the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 6 of which provides a detailed right to a fair trial. Under the Macedonian Criminal Code, the defence has a right to submit evidence
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The prosecutionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accident investigator is not a professional in this field. He admitted in court that he is currently unemployed. He further admitted in court that the police sketch of the crash site on which he based his findings is inaccurate
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Dr Lambourn concluded that the accident investigation report relied on by the prosecution is Ã¢â‚¬Å“fundamentally flawed in its physical and mathematical reasoning.Ã¢â‚¬Â He further concluded that it was Ã¢â‚¬Å“quite impossibleÃ¢â‚¬Â that NicholasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s car was travelling at the 100mph (161kph) alleged by the prosecution
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The family of the Mr and Mrs Cepunjoski, who were tragically killed in the crash, have called for the court to release Nicholas
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Following the accident, Nicholas and his passenger, Matthew McConville, attempted to disentangle the vehicles and offer what assistance they could. They only left the scene after the injured persons had left the scene in local vehicles. Nicholas and Matthew then travelled to the border to alert the police
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Nicholas Morley and Matthew McConville spoke to the investigating judge at Qafasan, on the Macedonia/Albania border
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Nicholas Morley did not try to flee the country. He was released on bail, with no conditions or restrictions attached. He was free to leave the country
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Nicholas Morley, 30, is not a millionaire; he does not work in property