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No crash charges for footballer
Steve Finnan
Steve Finnan moved to Liverpool FC ahead of the 2003/04 season
Liverpool footballer Steve Finnan will not face charges after the death of a pensioner who was involved in a collision with his car.

Henry Nelson, 81, from Liverpool, died five weeks after an accident with the Republic of Ireland international's black Range Rover on 27 January.

Mr Finnan, 29, was held on suspicion of dangerous driving three months later.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said he would not be charged due to insufficient evidence.

"In every case where a matter is referred to the CPS consideration is given to all the evidence," she said.

"This is to ascertain if it is in the public interest to proceed and there is a reasonable prospect of conviction.

"Only if there is sufficient evidence can we proceed."

An inquest into Mr Nelson's death is due to take place on 24 November.

Mr Finnan will be called as a witness.

The defender originally comes from Limerick and is a regular in the Republic of Ireland team.

He started his career at non-league Welling before moving into league football with Birmingham and Notts County and then signing for Liverpool from Fulham for 3.5m in 2003. He was in the Liverpool team which won the Champions League final against AC Milan in May.

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