A14 fatal crash trial told ‘I just couldn’t stop’

ONE car “weaved” into another causing a car crash on the A14 which claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl, a court has heard.

Sian Ryan was killed after the Citroen Saxo in which she was travelling collided with a road sign at the edge of the westbound carriageway near Nacton.

The Copleston High School student was the front-seat passenger in Perri Daniel’s car on August 17 as the pair travelled back from Felixstowe in convoy with Gavin Sahota, driving his black Audi.

Sahota, then 18, had passed his driving test in July, around a month before the collision. Since passing his test he had driven the two-litre Audi A3.

The court heard transcripts of Daniel and Sahota’s police interviews read out by prosecutor Stephen Dyble and Pc Andrew Fossey, of Suffolk police’s serious collision investigation team, yesterday.


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Daniel, of Upper Cavendish Street, Ipswich, and Sahota, of Stewart Young Grove, Kesgrave, have both denied causing Sian Ryan’s death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving. The two defendants are blaming one another for causing Sian’s death. In her police interviews Daniel, 20, said she denied weaving across the road.

She said in the moments prior to the collision she checked her mirrors, indicated, checked her mirrors again and pulled from the fast lane into the slow lane. In interview she said: “It [the collision] pushed me into the other lane. I put my foot on the brakes but the brakes locked, I just couldn’t stop. I steered away from the central reservation. I couldn’t do anything about going into the post, it just didn’t stop.”

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Sahota, 19, said to police officers: “I noticed they were swerving in the right lane. I thought I would go over to the left lane. I sped up to see what she was doing.” He said Daniel swerved into him, causing the collision.

The trial continues.

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