Louis Thorold: Parents release latest image of 5-month-old who died after crashing into stroller
Van driver Shelagh Robertson, 75, was charged with the toddler’s death but was eventually cleared of all charges of insanity caused by “undiagnosed dementia”.
Despite a court ruling that the elderly person who caused the death suffered from dementia, the bereaved parents of a five-month-old newborn who was murdered after a truck rammed his pram have maintained that their son ” had been killed by a driver who shouldn’t have been on the road.
Shelagh Robertson, 75, who had been accused of killing Louis Thorold, was eventually cleared of all charges of insanity due to untreated dementia. Rachael and Chris, the toddler’s parents, criticized the court’s decision in a blog post on Friday, August 12. The couple had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for five years before welcoming Thorold through successful IVF.
Parents of toddler Shelagh Robertson wrote on the website of the charity set up in her honour: “We will never know why Shelagh Robertson chose to do what she did that day in January.” “We never heard from Rachael despite the fact that she killed our child and left him for dead. No sympathy, no message, no regrets. Any honest person would have just admitted their mistake and made an effort to redeem himself.” This continued. “It is disappointing to see that after 19 months, our country’s justice system is still serving the interests of the abuser rather than the interests of the victims. The circumstances of this case, including several missed opportunities for friends and family to prevent this from happening and a person who ignored many warnings and put themselves above others, are quite disturbing.” The sentence was read. Added: “We We need impartial experts to make these decisions so they can determine if we can all drive safely. To make this possible, legislation and legal structures already exist. The Thorolds also uploaded a video of their five-month-old baby having fun in his gym in the jungle while smiling and laughing.
Robertson suffered from dementia, which had gone undetected and untreated during the Covid pandemic, a Cambridge Crown Court jury heard. The 75-year-old was on her way home from Tesco in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, on January 22, 2021, when she strayed into the path of an approaching van and crashed. Five-month-old Thorold was murdered when the van hit the curb and his mother Rachael was thrown into the air. Dashcam video of the van was played for the jury, showing the driver swerving to nearly hit Robertson’s Mazda after making a sharp turn at a junction. The lady and her baby stroller were struck immediately by the van, which was apparently moving at a slower pace than the posted limit. Shortly after the collision, Addenbrooke Hospital pronounced baby Louis dead. Rachael shattered almost every bone on the right side of her body, including her cheekbone, multiple vertebrae, pelvis, arm and leg. She also had a cracked head. She reportedly spent more than a month drifting in and out of consciousness after being in a coma for 10 days.
Detective Sergeant Mark Dollard of the Highway Patrol Section released a statement saying: ‘This was an extremely unfortunate and sad event and our heartfelt condolences go out to Louis’ family. “We have conducted a full and thorough investigation, but regardless of the outcome, Louis will never return, and his family will have to live with this fact for the rest of his life. It is, however, a clear reminder of how crucial it is for anyone who is sitting behind the wheel of a car to be knowledgeable and able to operate it properly.” I would advise anyone who is concerned about a family member or friend’s ability to drive to talk, share your concerns with your loved one or, alternatively, to speak to your GP who can register your concerns with the DVLA,” Dollard continued.
As previously reported, The Louis Thorold Foundation was founded by the Thorolds in memory of their beloved son with the goal of eradicating child pedestrian deaths by improving road safety and requiring drivers over the age of 70 to undergo regular testing, according to the Daily Mail.