Crash driver warned he faces prison

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A MOTORIST has admitted dangerous driving which led to a serious accident on a country road.

David Hugh Smith, of Baulkham Hills, Penshaw, was charged with dangerous driving after the incident on the A689, between Frosterley and Wolsingham, in Weardale.

The 52-year-old was at the wheel of a Porsche Boxster travelling through an area undergoing road repairs near Wolsingham at the time of the crash, at about 11am on August 22 last year.

The Boxster collided with an oncoming motorcycle, with its rider thrown about 30 metres into a tree.

His car then veered into, and struck, a second motorcyclist, who fell to the ground.

Both riders were injured, but the first, a 45-year-old man, was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.

Smith pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before Durham Crown Court and was warned by Judge Christopher Prince he should expect to face a custodial sentence.

He was given an interim driving ban by Judge Christopher Price and was released on unconditional bail until his next appearance on Friday, July 15.