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Driver's tearful apology to family of woman killed in crash
4:53pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A DRIVER has given a tearful apology in court to the family of a biker killed in a high-speed smash.
Addressing the public gallery while giving evidence, Steven Moore's voice shook as he told the family of Diana Burgess: "I'm so sorry."
"I'd just like to say sorry for everything I've brought on you," he said.
"I didn't go out to do this on purpose. I'm sorry for your loss.
"If there is ever anything I can do for you in the future, please come to me.
"I'm so, so sorry."
Sales rep 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 has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of causing her death through careless driving.
Moore, of Goodeve Park in Hazlewood Road, Bristol, had been driving towards Evesham at around 9.40am on the morning of the crash, heading for a business meeting in Alcester.
He slowed down to turn into the Vale Cafe, and hit Mrs Burgess as he turned.
In evidence, he told the court he would not have turned should he have spotted her.
"I did look at the road ahead - I'm not saying I looked for long enough. I glanced," he said.
"It would be foolish to cross a carriageway of a 60mph road without looking first, but I know I didn't look well enough.
"I didn't see the bike coming - from my point, there was nothing to worry about.
"I just can't believe I have been involved in something like this."
He described hearing a "big bang" and seeing the windscreen of his car shatter as the crash happened.
Mrs Burgess, aged 40, of Pershore Road, Evesham, had been riding a bright green Kawazaki motorbike. She was thrown from the bike by the force of the crash and landed on the grass verge. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mrs Burgess was born in Nijmegen, Holland, and moved to England in her early 20s.
She left behind her husband Kevin and her three daughters Hannah, Eve and Emma, who were aged just five, three and two when she died.
The trial continues.
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