Teen admits dangerous driving
A SUFFOLK teenager has admitted causing a crash which left a woman with facial and torso injuries, just six months after he was cleared of causing death by dangerous driving.
Jake Strowger, of Theberton, near Leiston, admitted an offence of dangerous driving when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for his plea and case management hearing yesterday.
Last December the 19-year-old was acquitted, following a trial at the same court, of causing the death of 61-year-old Carol Myhill in Victoria Road, Aldeburgh.
Yesterday Judge David Goodin adjourned Strowger’s latest case until November 29 for sentencing.
The teenager was released on conditional bail.
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Police received reports of a crash on June 13, at 6.30am, on the B1078 at the junction with Drabs Lane, Clopton, near Woodbridge.
Strowger was driving a Peugeot Expert van which was said to have veered into the path of an oncoming silver Smart car driving by a 32-year-old woman.
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The Smart car was reported to have flipped in the road before making contact with the kerb. It then rolled into a corn field causing extensive damage to the vehicle.
The woman driver was said to have sustained numerous facial injuries and bruises to her body.
Police said she was taken to hospital, where she was detained throughout the day and overnight for treatment.
Judge Goodin ordered a pre-sentence report on Strowger to be compiled by the probation service.
The teenager was also given an interim disqualification from driving.
Last December Strowger was acquitted of being involved in the death of Mrs Myhill, who died when pushing her bicycle along the pavement in Aldeburgh after finishing work at the Wentworth Hotel in July 2009.
The mother-of-four was struck by a car being driven by Strowger’s friend James Sadler, 18, of Andrew Close, Leiston.
Sadler pleaded guilty to causing Mrs Myhill’s death and was sentenced to 28 months in a young offenders’ institution, as well as being disqualified from driving for four years.
Strowger had denied the pair had been racing at the time of Mrs Myhill’s death.