Manslaughter charges dropped in M5 death crash case
CHARGES against a fireworks organiser accused of causing the deaths of seven people in the worst motorway pile-up Britain has ever seen have been dropped.
Plymouth born Kye Thomas was one of the people who died in the road horror in November 2011.
Geoffrey Counsell, 50, was running a fireworks display in fields near the scene of the M5 crash.
Drivers who saw the incident – involving 34 vehicles – later reported thick smoke causing visibility problems.
Yesterday, at Bristol Crown Court seven counts of manslaughter again Counsell were dropped.
However, he still faces a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act of failing to ensure the safety of others.
The crash was described as one of the worst British motorway crashes.
Lorry driver Kye, 38, died along with Anthony and Pamela Adams, Maggie and Michael Barton, Malcolm Beacham and Terry Brice.
At his packed funeral, dad-of-two Kye, of St Ann's Chapel, near Callington, was remembered as a "fantastic father" as well as for his "great sense of fun and adventure".
At the time of his death, Kye was driving a delivery lorry from Cornwall to Bristol for Samworth Brothers, who own the Callington-based pasty brand Ginsters.
The father of four – whose wife Becki described as her first love – was a former soldier with the King's Royal Hussars.
He had also worked as a professional diver, martial arts expert and he was a keen biker.
A third dan in tae kwondo, Kye had plans to set up a marital arts club with best pal Dale Trevail.
But his most proud role was as dad to Jordan, 13, Kane, 12, Connor, 10, and Trinity-Rose, two.
More than 50 people were injured in the collision on the northbound carriageway at junction 25.
Leaving court Tonia White, 49, whose parents Anthony and Pamela Adams were killed on their way back from visiting the family in Taunton, said the torment for the families goes on.
But she sought solace in the outstanding charge.
Ms White said: "We're confident in the justice system and although the CPS have discontinued the charges of manslaughter, we are led to believe there will be health and safety issues to address and are confident the outcome will remain the same."