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Man was "driving dangerously" when he killed mother-of-three
3:42pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A DRIVER killed a mother-of-three in a head-on smash at high speed when he made a sudden right turn across the opposite carriageway of a busy main road, a court heard.
Steven Moore, aged 43, killed motorcyclist Diana Burgess as they travelled in opposite directions along the A46 between Beckford and Ashton-under-Hill, near Evesham, on October 16 last year.
He denies a charge of causing her death by dangerous driving, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing her death through careless driving in front of the jury at Worcester Crown Court today.
The jury were told they must decide the full extent of his driving failure.
Proseuctor Peter Grice said Moore, of Goodeve Park in Hazlewood Road, Bristol, was driving towards Evesham at around 9.40am on the morning of October 16.
He slowed down to turn into the Vale Cafe, and drifted over the central lines onto the opposite carriageway - and right into the path of Mrs Burgess.
She was thrown from the bike and landed on the grass verge. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mrs Burgess, aged 40, of Pershore Road, Hampton, Evesham, had been riding a bright green Kawazaki motorbike and was "there to be seen", Mr Grice said.
"She was also displaying her headlight," he said.
"Anyone executing a manouvre across a junction like that would be failing in their competence as a driver if they did not pay attention to the road ahead.
"It's a fast road and a straight road. Driving conditions were essentially perfect. There were no difficulties for the defendent.
"He either did not look for her, or he did not heed her presence, and in proceeding to cross into her path we say he was driving dangerously."
Moore was arrested at the scene and told police in interview that he had been on his way to a business meeting in Alcester, and was looking for somewhere to stop as he was early, Mr Grice said.
He said he had not seen Mrs Burgess and did not believe he had crossed onto the opposite carriageway.
Paying tribute to Diana after her death, her husband Kevin said she had been a keen skiier and biker.
"As a family we are devastated by the sudden and tragic death of Diana who was a beloved wife and treasured mummy to her three princesses," he said.
"Diana had a zest for life and was renowned for her infectious laugh and vibrant personality. She was loved and treasured by all who knew her.
"We feel privileged and blessed to have had Diana in our lives and we know that she will be sadly and deeply missed by all whose lives were touched by her, including family and friends in both Holland and Evesham."
Mrs Burgess was born in Nijmegen, Holland, and moved to England in her early 20s.
Her three daughters Hannah, Eve and Emma, were aged just five, three and two when she died.
The trial continues.
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