Man’s danger driving caused fatal crash

A dangerous driver has admitted causing a fatal horror car smash on the A64 which left an elderly woman dead.

Steven Hey pleaded guilty at York Crown Court to causing the death of pensioner Dorothy Brookes through his dangerous driving on May 27 last year on an infamous stretch of the A64 between Ganton and Potter Brompton.

The 30-year-old was behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra, which ploughed into the Hartlepool pensioner’s Ford Mondeo on a sunny bank holiday afternoon last year, as she sat in the passenger seat.

And the Barnsley man has been told to expect a substantial prison sentence for his actions, which the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said had “devastating consequences for a number of people.”

Following the tragic death of the 80-year-old, campaigners called an emergency meeting as they looked to step up their fight to make the road safer for motorists.

The road has been the site of numerous accidents over the years, and members of the Ganton Road Safety Campaign have called for safety measures to be implemented there for over two years.

In that time, additions have been made to the village, such as the implementation of rumble strips and signage that urges people to drive safely.

Group chairman Neil Rogers said its ultimate goal was to have speed limits capped at no more than 40mph throughout the village.

Sentencing was adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and, at the request of Hey’s solicitor Ian Brook, for his client to have time to put his affairs in order and obtain references.

Mr Brook admitted that his client knows full well that the inevitable sentence is one of imprisonment.

Adjourning sentencing until February 14, Judge Ashurst said that he also wanted a complete set of victim impact statements from Mrs Brookes’ family members.

Hey was granted unconditional bail until the sentencing hearing.




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