Christine Cunningham and Peter Walsh
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A teenager has admitted causing the death of a friend by careless driving when she appeared at court.
Eleanor Coleman 19, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today where she pleaded guilty to the offence on November 1.
Coleman, of Runham, Great Yarmouth, was driving when her car, a black Fiat Punto, hit a lorry parked in a layby, close to the Lingwood junction, on the single carriageway stretch of the A47 at North Burlingham. The car burst into flames following the crash.
Ellie Tweed 18, was a passenger in the car and was killed in the crash which happened at 5.30am as she and four other young women were believed to be travelling home from a party in Norwich. Coleman and two other passengers were also injured in the crash.
Her case was adjourned for reports and she is due to appear for sentence on October 24. She was given unconditional bail.
In the days following the tragedy, Ellie’s heartbroken family paid tribute to the teenager’s “fun-loving personality” and “wicked” sense of humour that won her many friends in her home village of Hemsby and beyond. Her devastated mother Sue Tweed, of Ryelands, Hemsby, said confident, creative, bubbly Ellie was close to her family including sister Naomi, and brother Robert.
But she said Ellie, who was due to turn 19 in November last year, was in her element when out with friends hitting local nightspots like Caesars on Great Yarmouth seafront.