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FATAL CRASH: Woman denies causing death by careless driving in Hemel crash

 Published on: 19th June 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man who rushed to help at the scene of a fatal motorbike crash near Hemel Hempstead heard a driver say: “Oh my God I have killed him.”

Max Grkinic said he saw rider Adam Richardson lying on the carriageway of the A414 while a slow-moving Fiat car he had crashed into was on fire.

Mr Grkinic told St Albans Crown Court yesterday (June 18) that he asked a teenage boy to call for an ambulance while he and another man asked other drivers to move to one side to allow paramedics through.

The driver of the white Fiat 500, Samantha Wilson, 27, of Belle Vue Lane, Bushey, was upset and standing by the road. He told the jury she said: “Oh my God I have killed him.”

Ms Wilson denies causing the death by careless driving of Adam Richardson on Sunday, September 20, 2020.

The crash happened on the A414 dual carriageway between Hemel Hempstead and Park Street just before 1.15pm.

Mr Grkinic’s wife Cara told the jury she was driving their Fiesta and had overtaken the motorbike before moving back into lane one.

She saw two cars ahead in a layby. One of them, a Fiat, moved slowly from the hard shoulder with its hazard lights on and remained moving slowly in lane one of the dual carriageway.

Asked to estimate the speed of the Fiat, she said: “Five or 10 miles per hour. It was very confusing. I wasn’t really sure why.“

She said she screamed and shouted when, in her mirror, she saw the motorbike crash into the back of the Fiat.  They stopped on the hard shoulder and Max ran back to help. “The Fiat was in flames,” she said.

Mr Richardson, who had been riding within the speed limit at between 60mph and 70mph, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The prosecution alleges that Ms Wilson’s slow driving was a contributory factor to Mr Richardson’s death.

The jury has been told she and a passenger had left Chiswell Green Riding School to go to a horse suppliers near Dunstable when a warning light came on.

Her mother, Claire, who was in another car, a Fiat Kubo, stopped. They poured water into the coolant part of the engine. The warning light went off and Ms Wilson moved off, accessing lane one of the dual carriageway at 25 to 30 miles per hour with her hazard lights on.

When interviewed by the police two weeks later, on October 7, 2020, Ms Wilson said she had stopped because she was worried about having a mechanical problem.

She said she had checked her mirrors twice before pulling out into lane one. She told the police there was nothing behind her.

The case continues.

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