A Metropolitan police officer has denied killing a teenager and seriously injuring his friend during a moped pursuit.
Lewis Johnson, 18, died following a crash after being pursued by police in Clapton, east London, on 9th February 2016.
Mr Johnson, died after hitting a van at Clapton Common while his passenger Louis Kyriacou, 19, was also severely injured.
The Crown Prosecution Service had initially decided not to charge serving police officer Paul Summerson, 43, with offences arising from the incident.
However, Lewis’ mother Ann, 49, sought a judicial review against the decision not to charge the officer.
High Court judges interceded and nullified the judgment of a reviewing lawyer not to prosecute the police officer.
The matter was then sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for a review decision to be made by a different lawyer.
PC Summerson was driving a police BMW 530 on 9th February along Stoke Newington High Street, Stamford Hill and Clapton Common, when he indicated for the moped to stop.
Ben Southam, prosecuting, earlier said:
‘The defendant is a serving police officer.
‘He was involved in a pursuit in February 2016 that led to the death of the rider of a moped, Lewis Johnson and serious injuries to the passenger Louis Kyriacou.’
Summerson, of Colchester, Essex, denies causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was granted unconditional bail ahead of a further hearing at the Old Bailey on 21 December.
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