Careless driving led to fatal crash

Floral tributes mark the scene of the fatal crash on the Chatsworth House estate between Calton Lees and Edensor.

Floral tributes mark the scene of the fatal crash on the Chatsworth House estate between Calton Lees and Edensor.

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CARELESS driving by a north Derbyshire teenager led to a crash that killed his passenger friend, a court heard.

Kurtis Alsop, who passed his driving test last February, lost control of his Renault Clio in Chatsworth Park at 7.30pm on September 29.

The car ran out of control on a right hand bend and rolled over several times – throwing out rear seat passenger Ashleigh Chapman, who was not wearing a seat belt. He died later that day.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates that Alsop, 19, and three friends had been swimming in the river that afternoon and were on their way to buy food when the collision occurred.

Two other passengers, both wearing seat belts, survived. They said Alsop had been driving through the park at about 40mph and they were not concerned by the manner of his driving and were shocked when the car spun out of control.

A police investigation concluded that Alsop was driving too fast for the bend and then over-corrected his steering, added Mrs Griffiths.

Alsop, of Hill Top, Bolsover, admitted causing death by careless driving. He had no previous convictions.

District Judge Andrew Davison ordered him to do 180 hours unpaid work, with £85 costs, and banned him from driving for a year. Alsop must also pass an extended driving test before applying for another full licence.

Mr Davison said the passenger’s failure to wear a seat belt was a factor in him suffering fatal injuries, and the driver had stayed at the scene and shown genuine remorse.

“It was a momentary lapse of concentration. The driver’s inexperience led to the accident. There was no tomfoolery or racing or any particular distraction,” said Laurinda Bower, for Alsop.

“Passengers said they had travelled with him before and were always content with his driving and they were on this occasion.

“He wasn’t speeding. He misjudged the bend. He stayed at the scene and assisted the authorities as much as he could and he showed remorse.”