Driver Pleads Guilty To Death By Careless Driving

A woman has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving following a road collision in Shoebury where a man died.

Nita Patel, 52, of Maya Close, Shoebury, appeared at Southend Magistrates Court today and was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work, was banned from driving for a year and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

Dominique Burrows, 48, of Delaware Crescent, Shoebury, died after his QM125 motorcycle was in collision with Mrs Patel’s Toyota Carina in Ness Road at about 1.35pm on Wednesday, November 11.

Detective Sergeant Catherine Offord, of Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

"By pleading guilty Nita Patel has today admitted that her driving was at fault and that this caused the death of Dominique Burrows. Her counsel said she was devastated to have caused the death of someone who was loved so much. Whilst it is accepted that it was a momentary lapse of concentration on her part it shows how such a momentary lapse can have devastating consequences. She didn’t see Dominique Burrows as he rode towards her. The result of this acts as a reminder for all road users to be ever vigilant. I would emphasise this even more so when it comes to noticing riders of either motorcycles or pedal cycles as they are particularly vulnerable.

DS Offord added: "I would like to extend my sympathies to the family of Dominique Burrows whose Victim Impact Statements were read out in Court and provoked the magistrate to say, ‘ I want you to appreciate we feel your pain.

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