Driver didn't know her sister was fatal crash victim
A woman involved in a car crash in which the other driver died only later discovered the victim was her own sister.
Rosie-Ann Stone, 20, who studies at the University of Lincoln, did not even know sister Jennie was on the same stretch of road when the crash happened.
Both drivers were caught in a queue of traffic behind a slow-moving vehicle and Jennie, 28, pulled out to overtake.
As she passed her sister’s car, it is alleged Rosie-Ann also pulled out and the two vehicles crashed.
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Jennie’s car hit a tree and she died from head injuries.
Rosie-Ann has denied a charge of causing death by careless driving.
Speaking at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court as Rosie-Ann made her first appearance, prosecutor Clive Jones said: “Issues of this type are always difficult to deal with, they’re always tragic with no winners, only losers.
“This particular case is doubly tragic because there were two cars involved and the driver of the other car was the older sister of Rosie.”
It happened as the pair drove back from Skipsea, where Rosie-Ann had been helping her sister get ready to move house.
Roise-Ann set off first, heading back to Bridlington in her Vauxhall Astra.
She joined a queue of cars on the A165 behind a slow-moving vehicle.
Unknown to Rosie-Ann, her sister had dropped her son off at school and was catching up in her own car, a blue Peugeot 206.
Jennie joined the queue between the two turn-offs to Fraisthorpe.
It was then that the crash happened.
Rosie-Ann, who studies at the University of Lincoln’s Hull campus is accused of failing to look in her mirror and pulling out to overtake when it was not safe to do so.
Mr Jones said: “No doubt unknown to Rosie, her sister was also in that queue of slow-moving vehicles.”
The prosecution case is that as Jennie started to overtake her sister, her sister pulled out. At yesterday’s hearing, chair of the bench Susan Akrill said the case could be dealt with by magistrates.
However, Rosie-Ann elected to be tried by jury at Hull Crown Court and was granted unconditional bail until Thursday, September 5.
She was represented by Richard Fowler, of Amber Solicitors, and was composed throughout.
When asked how she would like to plead, Rosie-Anne replied “not guilty” in a calm, clear voice.
She was watched from the public gallery by her parents Bob and Angie, her father often leaning his head against the rail in front of his seat as the case went on.
During a break in the proceedings, Bob gave his daughter a thumbs-up and she blew him a kiss before letting out a deep sigh.
The crash on Monday, February 18, was the second tragedy to hit the family in less than a year.
Last summer, Jennie and Rosie-Ann’s brother was shot dead in Afghanistan.
Private Gregg Stone, 20, was killed in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province while rescuing a kidnapped Afghan policeman.
It happened in June last year, three weeks after he arrived in the war zone with 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment. Gregg and his wife Samantha had been expecting their first child together.