Mum admits causing death of young teacher in motorbike crash: Woman was thrown from passenger seat

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates' Court

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates' Court

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A mother has admitted causing the death by careless driving of a young teacher who was flung from a motorbike in Washington.

Laura Alicyn Wright failed to spot a motorcycle being driven along Heworth Road, when she pulled out straight into its path.

The scene of accident Heworth Road, Concord, Washington.

The scene of accident Heworth Road, Concord, Washington.

Wright, 33, had been driving on Inkerman Road, in Concord, with two young children in the car, when she failed to stop at the junction and caused the collision, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Motorcyclist Gary Dodd was unable to avoid Wright’s Vauxhall Meriva, and both he and his girlfriend Gemma Kay, were thrown from the machine by the impact.

Despite being treated by paramedics and the Great North Air Ambulance’s trauma team, trainee maths teacher Miss Kay, 23, died in hospital the following day.

Mr Dodd, from Washington, suffered serious leg injuries, from which he has yet to fully recover six months later.

She, to this day, cannot explain why it is that when she looked she couldn’t see the motorcycle. It is something she continues to ask herself. It is to her eternal regret that she didn’t see that motorcycle

Gavin Sword, defending

Prosecutor Maimuna Bappa said the collision happened as Wright was driving westbound on Inkerman Road at 11.27am on April 26.

“In the vehicle was her five-year-old son and her partner’s four-year-old son,” Miss Bappa said. “The incident took place as she was approaching the junction of Heworth Road. Her intention was to turn right and she believes she came to a stop at the junction.

“She looked left and observed a Nissan Juke approach, then looked to the right. She then looked left and right again. She says she did not see the motorcycle approach from the off-side.

“Mr Dodd attempted to swerve around the front of the defendant’s motor vehicle, in an attempt to take evasive action, but the front of the vehicle collided with the nearside of the motorcycle.

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court

“As a result of the collision, both Mr Dodd and Miss Kay were ejected from the motorcycle.

“Mr Dodd suffered serious injuries to his left leg and is still receiving treatment. His partner, Miss Kay, unfortunately died as a result of the collision.”

Miss Bappa said Wright, who is of previous good character and has a clean driving licence, stopped at the scene to help in the aftermath of the crash.

She added that the collision occurred on a straight road with no obstructions of view and said this was an aggravating factor.

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court

“Not only did someone die, but someone else has sustained serious injury as a result of the collision,” Miss Bappa said.

Wright admitted causing Miss Kay’s death by driving without due care and attention.

Gavin Sword, defending, said: “She fully accepts the entirety of the prosecution’s case, there is no issue with the facts. She accepts that the accident was her fault, she accepted that in the police interview, she fully cooperated.

“She, to this day, cannot explain why it is that when she looked she couldn’t see the motorcycle. It is something she continues to ask herself. It is to her eternal regret that she didn’t see that motorcycle.

“I can’t get away from the catastrophic consequences, but what happened on that morning was because of a loss of attention on her part,.

“This, in my view, is a tragic case and something she has to live with for the rest of her life, as do the relatives of the deceased.”

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court

Laura Wright leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court

Sword added that Wright, of Ann Avenue, Kelloe, County Durham, has been suffering from post-traumatic stress since the incident.

“It’s the first thing she thinks about,” he said. “She has flashbacks to the incident. It’s been horrendous. It’s to her eternal regret, she will always ask herself ‘why did I not see that motorcycle’? It is something she is devastated by.”

The bench asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared and Wright will be sentenced on Monday.

ACCIDENT APPEAL: The scene of accident Heworth Road, Concord, Washington.

ACCIDENT APPEAL: The scene of accident Heworth Road, Concord, Washington.