Motorist to be sentenced for causing death of Norfolk teenager by careless driving

Sandie Harrison and her son Crow Mortimer Jaydee who was killed in a crash on the A14. Picture: Subm

Sandie Harrison and her son Crow Mortimer Jaydee who was killed in a crash on the A14. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

A motorist who was driving at up to 85 mph when he was involved in a fatal collision with a Norfolk teenager will be sentenced next month after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Crow Mortimer Jaydee, from Bacton near North Walsham, was riding his motorcycle home to celebrate his mother's birthday when he died after a collision with a car driven by 23-year-old Nathan Ramsey on the A14 near Ipswich on January 4 last year.

Yesterday (Monday) at Ipswich Crown Court Ramsey of Holst Mead, Stowmarket, admitted causing Mr Jaydee's death by careless driving after pleading not guilty at an earlier hearing.

Judge John Devaux adjourned sentence until July 8 for a pre-sentence report and said although the offence crossed the custody threshold the sentence could be suspended.

During yesterday's hearing the court heard that Norwich City College student Mr Jaydee, 17, was wearing dark clothing and witnesses had noticed the rear light on his motor cycle wasn't working prior to the collision.

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Chris Paxton, prosecuting, said it appeared Mr Jaydee had made efforts to fix the light before driving his motor cycle on the night in question.

He said Ramsey, who has no previous convictions, was driving up to 85 mph -15mph over the speed limit- prior to the collision.

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Following Mr Jaydee's death his single-mother Sandie Harris needed money to help pay for the funeral of her only child - who was known as Mort to his friends - and raised nearly £2,900 in an on-line appeal.

Donations came from individuals and groups and the East of England Co-op Funeral Service agreed to pay the service costs.

Miss Harris, a self-employed artist, said: at the time:'I want to stress my extreme gratitude to people who have helped me. I'm humbled by it.

'My son was a very special boy and to give him a really good send-off is all I can do.

'The support has been heart-warming and it would have meant a lot to him.'

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