In court:
Driver was on the phone moments before fatal crash

By Court Reporter Monday 03 March 2014 Updated: 12/03 16:01

A YOUNG woman was on her mobile phone moments before she was involved in a crash in which a pensioner was killed, a judge has heard.

Shelbie Ellis has been charged with causing the death of 86-year-old Eugene Collins by dangerous driving following the collision on New Road in Ash Green.

Her silver Vauxhall Corsa was involved in a crash with the pensioner’s yellow Daewoo Matiz outside the Haven Nursing home in New Road at around 8am on March 5, 2012.

The 86-year-old great-grandfather, of Foxwood Crescent in Coventry, was rushed to University Hospital with serious neck injuries, but died a month later following complications as a result of his injuries.

Prosecutor Ben Gow said there was ‘an offer’ from the defence that the 22-year-old, of Grove Lane in Keresley End, would admit an alternative offence of death by careless driving.

Mr Gow added: "There is some evidence the defendant was on her mobile phone at the time of the accident, but she says she was on the phone in a lay-by some time before, but not at the time of the accident. The time between her call ending and the accident was something like 22 seconds."

He added she had claimed to have been using Bluetooth when in fact had no hands-free system in her car.

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano adjourned the case to give the prosecution time to consider whether to accept a plea to death by careless driving and she was bailed.

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