A driver who knocked down and killed a teenage cyclist then drove away to go on a date could face a charge of gross negligence manslaughter after a coroner dramatically halted the inquest.
Dylan Crossey, 15, suffered unsurvivable injuries and died after being knocked off his bike by a BMW in Wham Lane, Whitestake, on October 7 2016.
David Harwood, of Longton, was charged with causing death by dangerous or careless driving, but in 2018 the trial collapsed and Harwood walked free from court after being found formally not guilty of the charges.
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However Dylan's mum, Tracey Milligan has continued to fight for justice for her son.
In July Area Coroner James Adely agreed for a jury inquest to take place. He also ordered a reconstruction of the collision.
During the inquest at County Hall, Preston, the jury heard how Harwood did not appear to have braked when he came upon Dylan and his friend cycling in the road.
He continued on his journey to Buckshaw Village to meet a woman from a dating app and claimed he did not notice any damage to his car until the following morning.
Harwood apologised to Dylan's family from the witness box, telling them: "I am so, so, sorry."
But today (Friday September 24) Area Coroner Dr James Adeley halted the inquest and referred the case back to the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He asked for a new charge of gross negligence manslaughter to be considered after new evidence emerged during the course of the week-long inquest.
Lancashire Police will carry out further investigations before a decision on charging is made by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Following the decision, members of Dylan's family hugged each other as they welcomed the news.
Tracey said: "We are happy - let's get this back to the CPS for a proper investigation into manslaughter.
"This week has been horrendous. It has been heartbreaking.
"All I have ever wanted is justice for Dylan.
"We have got to think about the future now- for getting the right answers and the right result for an innocent 15-year-old boy who was killed and left."
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