Date set for mobility scooter death crash trial involving Labour peer

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A truck driver is set to face trial in May accused of causing the death of a Labour peer in a collision with his mobility scooter outside the Houses of Parliament.

Lord Taylor of Blackburn, 87, was taken to hospital after the incident on a crossing in Millbank, close to the House of Lords, in November 2016.

It was initially thought that his injuries were not life-threatening, but he passed away 11 days later.

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Kul Pandey, 56, appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, charged with causing death by careless driving.

According to the Lancashire Telegraph, he is alleged to have been driving a silver Mercedes Actros truck without due care or attention at the time of the collision.

Judge Michael Topolski QC said Pandey, from Feltham in west London, faces a four-day trial at the Old Bailey on May 8.

The paper said that Pandey was released on unconditional bail to appear at the same court on March 20, when he is expected to enter a plea to the single charge.

It described Lord Taylor as a former leader of Blackburn Town Council in the 1970s and reported that he was made a life peer by Prime Minister James Callaghan in 1978.

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