Jogger died after being hit by car while out on a run, court hears

Claire Taylor, 41, was killed in a collision in Great Bradley on Tuesday December 27

Claire Taylor, 41, was killed in a collision in Great Bradley on Tuesday December 27 - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk mother-of-two died while out jogging when a motorist lost control of her car, mounted a grass verge and hit her, it has been alleged.

Claire Taylor was heading home from a training run along the B1061 near Great Bradley, Haverhill when she was struck by a Vauxhall Corsa driven by Chantel Macbain, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

“The impact with Mrs Taylor propelled her a distance of some 35 metres in the air into an adjoining field and she died at the scene from her injuries,” said David Wilson, prosecuting.

“The prosecution say that whilst there were undoubted icy conditions on the road that day the standard of care of a driver in hazardous conditions is to reduce your speed to the conditions and adopt such care to enable you to retain control of your vehicle.

“Sadly, the prosecution say the defendant failed to make these adjustments in her driving on this day which led to the death of Mrs Taylor,” he alleged.


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He claimed Macbain lost control of her car as she approached a bend resulting in her veering on to the wrong side of the road before oversteering to the left.

“The consequence of this once the car had re-bounded towards the nearside of the road was once again to oversteer to the right which in turn caused a further loss of control leading to her mounting the grass verge and coming into collision with Mrs Taylor,” said Mr Wilson.

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The court heard that the road where the collision took place was due to have been gritted the night before but this hadn’t happened due to an error.

Mr Wilson said the road was subject to the national speed limit and it was likely Macbain had been travelling at no less than 40mph or thereabouts.

He said shortly before the collision Mrs Taylor was seen walking on the grass verge or on the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic as indicated by the Highway Code.

Macbain, 26, of Shardlow Close, Haverhill, denies causing death by careless driving on December 27 2016.

During a police interview Macbain said she saw Mrs Taylor jogging towards her on her right hand side and claimed that without warning she had “darted” in front of her

“The prosecution say that this is a lie and that Claire Taylor never ran across in front of her vehicle,” said Mr Wilson.

The trial continues.

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