‘I can’t believe I’ve just killed someone’

A pedestrian was killed on Preston New Road in Blackpool following a collision with a car. Police at the scene.
A pedestrian was killed on Preston New Road in Blackpool following a collision with a car. Police at the scene.
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A woman accused of causing the death of a pensioner on a busy Blackpool road was heard saying “I can’t believe I’ve just killed someone”
moments after the accident, a jury was told.

Natalie Foulser, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood had been driving along Preston New Road when her car was in collision with pedestrian Averil Monks on June 27 last year.

Preston Crown Court heard the 75-year-old great-grandmother, from Marton, had been crossing the road near to the junction of Winton Avenue when the incident happened.

Mrs Monks, a former nursing sister at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two witnesses who gave evidence said they had crossed the road just prior to the accident and had seen the black and orange Honda Civic driven by Foulser speed up as it approached them.

Coral Bawden, who had crossed the road with friend Anthony Ainsworth, told the court: “Just after the crash I did see the driver get out of the car in a distressed state and I heard her say ‘I can’t believe I’ve just killed someone’.”

Foulser, 21, is charged with a single count of causing death by dangerous driving.

Witness Mr Ainsworth said: “When we got to Preston New Road we looked left and decided there was enough time to cross the road without having to wait for the pelican crossing.

“When we got to the central reservation we could see cars in the distance but they were far enough away for us to make the call to cross.

“As we got close to the pavement I heard a loud noise and it was like a car was revving its engine, so I grabbed Coral and we ran on to the pavement.

“The car’s exhaust made two really loud noises, it was increasing in volume.

“What I saw next made me feel physically sick.”

The defence said the noise had been the “boy racer” exhaust that had been fitted to Foulser’s car.

(Proceeding)