Death crash driver’s jail warning

A pedestrian was killed on Preston New Road in Blackpool following a collision with a car.'Police at the scene.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-6-2012
A pedestrian was killed on Preston New Road in Blackpool following a collision with a car.'Police at the scene. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-6-2012
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A judge warned a young driver she faces jail after being convicted of causing the death of a Blackpool pensioner.

Natalie Foulser was found not guilty of death by dangerous driving at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

But the 21-year-old admitted the lesser charge of causing the death by careless driving of great-grandmother Averil Monks, 75, last year .

Foulser, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood, was driving a black and orange Honda Civic along Preston New Road, Marton on June 27 when she hit the pensioner.

Mrs Monks, described by her family as a “wonderful” woman “always willing to help everybody”, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Foulser was granted unconditional bail by Judge Altham and ordered to attend Burnley Crown Court on November 8 for sentencing.

Judge Altham described the case as “difficult and important” and told Foulser: “It’s still a serious matter, all options remain open to the court.

“You still have to be sentenced for the serious offence of causing death by careless driving.

“You mustn’t be under any illusion as to the sentence which is likely to be imposed upon you.

“It is a sentence that not only carries custodial sentence but is likely to carry immediate custodial sentence, it is a likely option as far as you are concerned.

“Don’t come to court with any illusions as to what may happen.”

A driving disqualification remains in place and Foulser hasn’t driven since the incident.

Thanking the jury, who found Foulser not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving with a majority verdict, Judge Altham said: “Whatever the case is you deal with, none of them are easy, especially in a case such as this where sadly someone has lost their life.”

In a statement issued after Mrs Monks’ death, her heartbroken family, including husband, George, son Jeffrey and daughter Christina, described her as a “pillar of the community”.

It said: “Averil was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

“She had a long and happy working life as a staff nurse and sister for the NHS within the Blackpool and Fylde area, where she helped countless people within the community.

“Averil was the kind of person who was always willing to help everybody.”