Man admits causing death of young woman

A MAN is today facing prison after admitting his part in causing the death of a young Essex woman in a horror crash, a court has heard.

Ricki Spriggs, of Wherstead Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving on the A137 between Wherstead and Tattingstone.

Kirstie Seaman, a care assistant at Oak House in Stutton, was killed in the three-vehicle crash shortly before 6.30am on November 9 last year.

The former Manningtree High School pupil was travelling towards Tattingstone on her moped when she was involved in a collision with Spriggs’ van.

Spriggs, a driver by trade, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday, where Judge David Goodin warned he could face a prison term.

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He said: “The offence you have pleaded guilty to is a grave one which may result in the loss of your liberty.”

He disqualified the 52-year-old from driving between now and when he is sentenced at the court on Thursday, August 5.

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Shortly after her death, her family paid an emotional tribute to Kirstie, describing her as a girl with “a big heart.”

A statement released by her family described her as a people person with an “enthusiasm for life”.

Her family said: “Kirstie was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew her. Her smile, her chatter and her presence.

“If you met her for the first time, you would be a friend by the time you parted company.

“She loved people and showed she cared by the work she had done. Kirstie had a big heart, matched only by her enthusiasm for life.”

A second driver is due to appear in court in connection with a fatal collision.

Andrew Theobold, 58, who is from Clacton-on-Sea, was also charged with causing death by careless driving.

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