Woman divorcing husband when he died claims £675k damages because 'I still loved him'

Telegraph Reporters
Cathryn Craven, 50, outside the High Court in London - Champion News Service Ltd

A woman who was divorcing her husband when he died is trying to claim over £675,000 in damages because she claims she still loved him, the High Court has heard.

The case brought by Cathryn Craven hinges on whether there was a substantial chance of reconciliation with Jayson, her husband of 12 years, who was killed by a speeding driver

Mr Craven died instantly when he was struck by a car as he crossed Fletchamstead Highway in Coventry in the early hours in June 2014.

Driver Terry Davies, who was travelling at 86mph in a 40mph zone, was later found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and jailed for four years.

At the time of the 48-year-old's death, the couple were in a "cooling off period" between decree nisi pronouncement and decree absolute.

Mrs Craven, 50, argues there was an 80 per cent chance of reconciliation Credit: Richard Gittins/Champion News

After a relationship lasting 29 years, they separated in January 2014 after Mr Craven began an affair, and Mrs Craven petitioned for divorce.

Mrs Craven, 50, from Coventry, has brought a claim amounting to £676,985 against Davies on behalf of herself and her family under the Fatal Accidents Act.

On Tuesday in London, her counsel, Marcus Grant, told Judge Freedman that there was an 80 per cent chance of reconciliation while lawyers for the other side say that is "no more than fanciful" and was never going to happen.

Mrs Craven's case was that, had he not been killed, her anger was likely to have been eased by the passage of time because she loved him deeply and her desire for divorce would have been lessened to the point of extinction by realisation of the financial consequences.

He said: "The cooling off period between the decree nisi and decree absolute stages in divorce proceedings is specifically designed to provide angry couples with time to reflect on the financial reality of their decisions before they become irretrievably committed to acting on them."

The hearing is expected to last three days.