Teenager admits causing death crash

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A TEENAGER from Thurlby was today (Friday) banned from driving by a judge after he admitted causing the death of a Northamptonshire pensioner in a three-vehicle collision.

Jack Hutchinson, 18, of Swallow Hill, will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of Terrence Wheeler by dangerous driving when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

Mr Wheeler, 68, of Playford Close, Rothwell, near Kettering, was taken to Peterborough District Hospital following the crash on May 22 last year. He died shortly afterwards.

Three other people suffered serious injuries in the smash which occured on the A6121 Stamford Road at Toft.

The court heard Mr Wheeler’s daughter was present in the public gallery to hear the guilty plea.

Stuart Lody, prosecuting, said a victim impact statement would be taken from her before Hutchinson is sentenced.

Judge Michael Heath agreed to adjourn sentence on Hutchinson for the preparation of a probation report but imposed an interim driving ban on him until he next appears in court.

Hutchinson was granted bail until he is sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, April 1.

But Judge Heath warned him: “The fact I grant you bail is no indication that the judge on that occasion will not send you to custody.

“I am going to impose an interim driving ban which means you can not drive any vehicle on a public road.”