Driver jailed for 8 months following death of 12-year-old girl in collision

A 35-year-old man has been sentenced in connection with the death of a 12-year-old girl in a Road Traffic Collision last year.

At around 15:30 hours on Tuesday, 7 June 2022, emergency services were called to reports that a white Mercedes van being driven on Princess Drive in Huyton was involved in a collision with a girl as she got off a bus.

The girl, 12-year-old Lexi McDavid from Huyton, was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she sadly died a short time later.

The driver of the van remained at the scene and following an investigation, David Pursglove of Maghull, aged 35, was charged with causing death by careless driving.

Pursglove pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Liverpool & Knowsley Magistrates Court on 3 November 2023. He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on 1 December 2023 and was sentenced to eight months in prison for the offence. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and four months.

Detective Sergeant Kurt Timpson from Merseyside Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said, “Our thoughts remain very much with Lexi’s parents and the rest of her family at this sad time. They have been supported by specially trained Family Liaison Officers throughout the case. I thank those Officers for their professionalism and dedication.

“We note the sentence given to David Pursglove today in Court. This has been a very traumatic time for Lexi’s family and I know that the incident has affected so many people in the community. I would like to thank members of the public who rushed to help Lexi that day and who did everything they could to help.

“I would ask that as drivers, we all reflect on how we use our vehicles on the road. Excess speed kills and causes unimaginable harm to people who become involved in road crashes. Not one of us would want to be involved in such incidents and we must change driving behaviour to reduce that harm.

“Merseyside Police are committed to the prevention of road death, to work towards Vision Zero – our strategy focused on driving down the amount of road traffic collisions in our regions and to lower the number of people killed and seriously injured on our streets.

“However, this is something that we must all do in partnership. Communities can also take a stand and help us to make the roads safer. We know how much you want to help us, so that we can ensure roads and shared spaces are used responsibly and that people abide by the laws we enforce.”

Image: David Pursglove/Merseyside Police

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