Driver of the accident to the death remanded in custody
A young motorist took “a calculated risk” to cross the opposite roadway to make a turn without knowing that an oil tanker was moving in the opposite direction, according to a court.
In the resulting collision between Cameron Holdsworth’s Skoda Fabia and the heavyweight, he and his passenger were seriously injured, on Coniston Road, Blyth, Northumberland, on Wednesday October 1 last year at 8:20 p.m.
But Newcastle Crown Court heard passenger Hannah Jane Inman, 21, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital.
Holdsworth, 23, of Beechwood Road, Fishburn, County Durham, admitted causing death by dangerous driving during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court in February.
He was told that he expected to receive a significant prison sentence after the preparation of substantive reports.
But upon his return to court, with family members and Ms Inman present at today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Christopher Prince apologized for the further delay in the case and said said he wanted the police to investigate if Holdsworth was engaging in an organized drag. -type of race and its prevalence, both in the region and at the national level.
He said he based his request on footage retrieved by police from the accused’s phone, indicating that he was a member of a group called “Total Chaos” and had previously engaged in daring high-speed driving. to “show off” in front of others.
Judge Prince referred to footage filmed, apparently by Holdsworth, as he previously chased a Porsche vehicle at speeds of 97 or 98 miles per hour on a rural road, possibly in the Lake District.
The judge said on reading the evidence in the case it appears Holdsworth’s car was one of ten vehicles from a waterfront parking lot in Whitley Bay to an industrial estate in Blyth, potentially to organize a drag race. , the night of the fatal collision.
“It looks like a bunch of people who either go into drag racing or behave the way they used to.
“I suspect that a culture of street racing and street racing clubs has developed and engaged in such behavior.
“If so, this tribunal should send a message and a clear warning.”
When questioned by Judge Prince, prosecution attorney Alec Burns said collision investigators estimated Holdsworth was going 56 miles per hour when he braked while attempting to cross the road on the opposite side.
Judge Prince said it might take some time for the police to complete their search and, in the meantime, has returned Holdsworth, who was previously on bail, to custody pending the new sentencing hearing, at some point in the future.
The case will be brought up again in court in two weeks.