Pregnant Welwyn Garden City woman faces jail after death crash

A PREGNANT woman who killed a cyclist has been told she faces up to two years in prison.

Debra Kelly admitted causing the death of father-of-four Kenneth Lush by careless driving.

The 47-year-old Hatfield businessman had been travelling home to his wife and young children in Ware, when his pushbike was struck from behind.

At a St Albans Crown Court hearing on Thursday, judge Andrew Bright heard Kelly, 38, had also pleaded guilty to failing to report an accident but not guilty to failing to stop.

Kelly, of WGC, claims she was taken from the accident by a member of the public, who the police have never traced.


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Defence barrister Liam Walker said Kelly was dragged from her car which had overturned after hitting a barrier and was concussed.

Seven hours after the accident, at around 4.30am and with an injury to her head, she handed herself in.

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Mr Walker added Kelly is 28 weeks’ pregnant and keen for an outcome to stop the anguish for both families, who were watching proceedings from the public gallery.

Judge Bright said: “People who leave the scene very often do it with ulterior motives, but maybe not in this case.”

He added: “This case crosses the custody threshold, the question is whether she should go immediately or whether there are grounds to suspend custody.

“I don’t want to be rushed into decision about a case as serious as this.”

Judge Bright told Kelly, of Tubbs Croft, the maximum sentence he was likely to impose was one of two years imprisonment, but adjourned sentencing for reports.

The case is expected to be back before the same judge later this month.

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