A young woman accused of causing a crash which killed a 28-year-old driver was the victim’s sister.
Rosie-Ann Stone, 20, is accused of causing the death of her sister Jennie by careless driving while the pair were stuck in traffic in the north of England in February last year.
She denies the charge.
Britain’s Daily Mail reports prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said it was a “tragic coincidence” the accused was the victim’s sister, who, the court was told, hit her sister’s car before she collided with a tree and died.
The court was reportedly told the pair were travelling in separate cars behind a slow-moving lorry in East Yorkshire, between Hull and Bridlington when the crash occurred.
Jennie had pulled out to overtake the lorry and, ahead of her in the queue, Rosie-Ann pulled out, without checking over her shoulder, the Mail reports.
Mr Sharp said the car veered in front of the lorry and ran into a tree, killing Jennie.
“The defendant, quite simply, had not looked behind her before she began her manoeuvre. If she had, she would have seen that the blue Peugeot being driven by her sister Jennie had also pulled out and had started an overtaking manoeuvre of her own,” he said.
Mr Sharp said that in police interviews, Rosie-Ann ’admitted she did not check over her shoulder before pulling out and had never adjusted her door mirrors despite owning the car for a month.