Father to stand trial over death of his toddler son in car crash on M6 near Rugby

Warwick Crown Court sits at Leamington Justice Centre
Warwick Crown Court sits at Leamington Justice Centre

A father is to stand trial next year over the death of his toddler son following a car crash on the M6 motorway.

Andrew Fox pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to causing the death of his young son Freddie Fox in December last year by careless driving.

The charge follows an incident on December 7 when Fox, 26, of John McGuire Crescent, Binley, Coventry, was driving north on the M6.

His car crashed after leaving the carriageway at a point between junctions one for Rugby and two for Coventry, with no other vehicles involved.

The emergency services rushed to the scene and 13-month-old Freddie was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment, but died from his injuries three days later.

The trial is expected to last three days.

Judge Alan Parker said that despite the short time estimate for the trial, because of the volume of work at the court, a fixed date for it could not be found until early next year.

He adjourned the case for trial on February 15 next year, subject to the availability of the prosecution experts, and Fox was granted unconditional bail.

And Judge Parker apologised to Freddie’s mother Charlotte Joliffe and other family members for the delay.