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A driver was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a man was hit by a car and later died after catching Covid-19 while in hospital.
Smail Afafsa, 54, allegedly killed 69-year-old Christopher Pack outside his home in Maidstone, Kent, on December 29 last year.
Pack, a retired university professor, fractured his right femur and was rushed to the hospital, where he caught Covid three weeks later.
The father of two died just seven days after contracting the disease, the Maidstone Magistrates Court heard.
On the same day grandfather was taken to hospital, the UK announced more than 80,000 new cases of coronavirus, setting a new daily record.wikipedia
During that week, the number of Covid-related deaths increased by 20 percent, forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to put England into its third lockdown on January 6.
And by January 28, close to the date of Mr. Pack’s death, there were more than 37,000 people in the hospital with Covid in England, twice the height of the first peak in April 2020, while 4,076 people were using fans, more than at any time during the pandemic.
But the prosecution in the case maintains that if Mr. Afafsa had not hit Mr. Pack with his car, he would not have contracted the deadly virus while in hospital.
Meanwhile, the defense says that if Mr. Pack died from Covid-19, his death was not a direct result of the injuries he received.
Prosecutor Victoria McGrady said that around 1:15 p.m. on the day of the incident, Afafsa drove the wrong way on a one-way road, hit Pack and did not stop.
Mr. Afafsa is also charged with seriously injuring Mr. Pack by dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident.
He will have an Algerian-speaking interpreter at trial and was released on unconditional bail after indicating a plea of not guilty.
Mr. Afafsa lives a few hundred meters from where Mr. Pack, a leader of a social work course who previously worked at the University of Kent, was injured.
The case was sent to Maidstone Crown Court with the first hearing scheduled for November 8.
Outside of court, Mr. Pack’s widow, Barbara Pack, described him as happy in his retirement.
She said that she loved his house and his garden and always kept busy, being skilled at all things DIY.
She added: ‘He cooked everything and was also a great baker. He adored his family, me and our daughters; Laura and Chloe, Steve’s son-in-law and his granddaughter Florence.
He also loved his animal friends and companions. He is very loved and missed by all of us. ”
Smail Afafsa Quick and Facts
- Smail Afafsa, 54, allegedly hit Christopher Pack, 69, outside home in Maidstone
- Mr Pack was hospitalised for broken femur but caught Covid three weeks later
- He died a week after catching disease amid the peak of England’s second wave