No criminal charges over death at go-kart track

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police will not bring criminal charges over the death of a teenager at a Caxton go-kart track.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Police will not bring criminal charges over the death of a teenager at a Caxton go-kart track.

Eighteen-year-old Suzanne Cornwell died following an out-of-hours session at the Cambridgeshire Raceway in Royston Road in December 2009.

As she raced with friends, her scarf became trapped in the kart’s mechanism and strangled her, and she died in hospital the following day.

Police investigations into the possibility of criminal charges being brought have been continuing for the past year, but were finally ruled out last week.

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A police spokesman said: “Having taken legal advice, we have insufficient evidence to proceed with a criminal investigation.

“The case has now been passed to South Cambs District Council.”

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Miss Cornwell, of Limes Road, Hardwick, was a student at Long Road Sixth Form College and had worked part-time at shop in Cambridge.

Following her death she was described by her family as “a vibrant, fun-loving young woman with a promising future ahead of her.” A bright student, she had helped to care for her father, who has Parkinson’s Disease.

It will now be up to SCDC to decide if there is a case to be brought under health and safety law, though that is still at a very early stage according to a council spokesman.

She added: “We can confirm that the matter is in the process of being handed over to be investigated under Health and Safety Legislation by South Cambridgeshire District Council.

“It’s too early to say at this time to say whether a prosecution would be brought against an individual or a company. For any prosecutions that may be brought, it would be a matter for the courts to decide on action under the appropriate legislation.”

The kart track was closed following the accident, and reopened under new management in July of last year as Kartsport Cambridgeshire.

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