Killer driver Stuart Nichols protests innocence as police arrive to arrest him

Stuart Nichols was captured on a police bodycam denying he had been involved in a collision
Stuart Nichols was captured on a police bodycam denying he had been involved in a collision -Credit:Cambridgeshire Constabulary/SWNS

This is the moment a disqualified driver who hit and killed a pedestrian before driving off protests his innocence as he is arrested by police. Stuart Nichols, 46, was captured on a police bodycam denying he had been involved in a collision the previous evening that killed Karl Bradshaw, 41.

He told officers: "I did nothing' after repeatedly asking them; "What have I done?" Nichols was driving a black Renault Megane in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on Thursday, October 20, 2022, when he struck Mr Bradshaw at 8.45pm.

Mr Bradshaw had fallen into the road and a taxi dropping people off at the centre drove around him and stopped nearby to assist. Nichols turned into a nearby road before going around the taxi and hitting Mr Bradshaw on the wrong side of the road.

Nichols carried on driving and Mr Bradshaw was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses identified the Megane Nichols was driving, and automatic number plate recognition cameras also confirmed he was in the area at the time of the collision.

At the time of the collision, Nichols had been disqualified from driving for previously having no insurance. Officers found the Megane parked up the following day and Nichols was arrested at a farm at Crowland, near Peterborough.

Nichols, of Empsons Farm, Crowland, was jailed for four years and four months having pleaded guilty to causing death by driving while disqualified at an earlier hearing. He was also banned from driving for seven years at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday. Nichols received no separate penalty for causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured and a charge of aggravated vehicle taking and causing a death by an accident was ordered to lie on file.

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler said: “Stuart Nichols should never have been on the road that day and showed a complete disregard for the law. He knew he was disqualified from driving and had no insurance.

“Through his poor driving, he caused the death of Mr Bradshaw, who was innocently going about his business, and callously left the scene. He gave no thought to the catastrophic consequences of his actions by leaving Mr Bradshaw alone in the road with unsurvivable injuries.

“I hope the sentencing provides Mr Bradshaw’s family with some justice and closure. This collision highlights the dangers disqualified drivers pose to the public when they ignore their driving ban and the devastation this then causes when avoidable collisions, such as this, occur.”

Stuart Nichols protested his innocence as he was arrested
Stuart Nichols protested his innocence as he was arrested -Credit:Cambridgeshire Constabulary/SWNS

The family of Karl Bradshaw have released a statement which read: “Karl was taken from us in a tragic hit and run and we have finally received a form of justice for him. Karl was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was a happy-go-lucky man, with a great sense of wit and humour.

“Despite his own problems, he would always be there for anyone, whether it was providing help to be a friend or simply just to listen. The shock and impact to our family and friends has been massive, but with the lengthy legal proceedings behind us, hopefully now we will be able to start to grieve properly.”