Death crash driver given ban by court

A TEENAGE driver who admitted causing the death of a pensioner in a three-car crash has been banned from the roads ahead of a hearing to decide his sentence.

Jack Hutchinson (18), of Swallow Hill in Thurlby, appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to causing the death of Northamptonshire pensioner Terrence Wheeler by dangerous driving.

Mr Wheeler (68), from Rothwell, died following a crash on the A6121 Stamford Road at Toft on May 22 last year, a smash that saw three other people suffer injuries.

The court heard Mr Wheeler’s daughter was present in the public gallery to hear the guilty plea. Stuart Lody, prosecuting, said a victim impact statement would be taken from her before Hutchinson is sentenced.

Judge Michael Heath agreed to adjourn sentence for a probation report but imposed an interim driving ban until he next appears

Hutchinson was granted bail until he is sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, April 1.

But Judge Heath warned him: “The fact I grant you bail is no indication that the judge on that occasion will not send you to custody.

“I am going to impose an interim driving ban which means you cannot drive any vehicle on a public road.”