Rugby driver admits causing death of student in A361 crash

Gemma Stanley, 19, who was killed in a car crash in Ashby St Ledgers last June

Gemma Stanley, 19, who was killed in a car crash in Ashby St Ledgers last June

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A Rugby man has appeared in court to admit causing the death of a teenager.

Gemma Stanley, aged 19, was killed in an accident on the A361 at Ashby St Ledgers in June last year, when a Range Rover she was a passenger in was hit by a Ford Focus travelling in the opposite direction.

Miss Stanley died at the scene.

The driver of the Focus, Neil Murray, 24, of Ashlawn Road, Rugby, admitted causing death by careless driving at Northampton Crown Court on Thursday.

Miss Stanley, from Coventry, had been studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies at Northampton University and had just completed her first year of the three-year course. She lived in halls of residence at the university’s Park Campus.

Alexandra Bull, prosecuting, said: “There is a suggestion the accident could have been caused by inattentiveness.

“He was going round a sharp bend, came into contact with the kerb, and had to over-correct. “This put him into the pathway of the oncoming Range Rover.”

The court heard Murray was not under the influence of drink or drugs, and was not using his mobile phone.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report and will return to the same court next month.

Murray was released on bail.