Woman admits causing deaths of Norfolk couple in road crash

Andrew and Jean Crawford who were killed in a crash on the A1075 at Hockham. PIC: Norfolk Police.

Andrew and Jean Crawford who were killed in a crash on the A1075 at Hockham. PIC: Norfolk Police. - Credit: Archant

A woman has admitted causing the deaths of a husband and wife in a road crash in Norfolk.

Andrew and Jean Crawford of  Saham Road, Watton, died when their Kia Rio was involved in a collision with a blue Peugeot 206 on the A1075 at Great Hockham on  Wednesday August 28.

Mr Crawford, 72,  died at the scene while Mrs Crawford, 74, later died from her injuries after being taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital,

Chantelle Miller, 33, from London, who appeared at Norwich Crown Court on crutches, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving.

Miller had been due to stand trial but entered her guilty pleas on Monday.

Her barrister Shiraz Rustom, said Miller was herself seriously injured in the crash.

Prosecutor Lori Tucker said the pleas were acceptable to the crown and said the fact Miller was driving while unlicensed was an aggravating feature.

A pre-sentence report was ordered but Judge Alice Robinson warned Miller that custody was likely as two people had died in the crash and Miller was also unlicensed at the time.

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Miller was given conditional bail and is due to be sentenced on September 8.

Relatives of the Crawford family were in court for the hearing and one broke down in tears when Miller entered her pleas.

The couple, both former slaughterhouse workers, lived in Watton and Mr Crawford was a member of the shooting community in Norfolk and made many friends through the sport.

He was also a game-keeper and kept up-to-date with the industry.

The Crawford family also released a statement through Norfolk police in which they said the couple had been tragically taken and would be sadly missed by all who knew them.

Neighbours also paid tribute to the couple. Barry Cator, who knew the couple for more than 40 years said at the time: "It is just terrible and tragic. When you go out you don't expect that you won't be coming home."

Calls had been made by Wretham Parish Council to make improvements to the road after five fatal crashes in five years.


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