Driver pleads guilty to causing death

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A YOUNG motorist has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after a Crick teenager died in a crash last year.

George Robinson admitted causing the death of 17-year-old Jason Eaton, at Northampton Crown Court on Wednesday, December 7.

Robinson had previously denied he was speeding when the Toyota Corolla he was driving crashed, causing fatal injuries to Jason, who was a passenger in the car.

Jason was studying performing arts at Warwickshire College when he died on October 5 last year, and he had previously attended Guilsborough School.

Deputy headteacher Will Reese said at the time: “He was a popular lad who enjoyed dancing and acting.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

His dad Steve added: “He was always cheeky and would have a laugh with you.

“He used to play a lot of practical jokes on his older brothers, Steven and Martin.

“And he was always capable of holding his own.”

Jason sustained fatal injuries when the car crashed through a fence, which broke through the windscreen.

He was taken to University Hospital Coventry but later died from his injuries.

The court heard Robinson, also aged 17 at the time, had passed his driving test in June 2010.

Robinson, now 18, of Naseby Road, Clipston, was driving when the car lost control on a bend in the West Haddon to Watford Road - the B4036 - at 11pm.

Jonathan Spicer, prosecuting at the court, said: “This was greatly excessive speed for the road at the time.

“The speed that was accurately recorded by the Toyota itself was 73 and a half miles per hour.

“It’s on a bend in a 60mph speed limit and the officer who went round the bend said to go at 60mph would be too fast.”

In Robinson’s defence the court heard he was a “young man of good character”.

It was also pointed out that the indicated speed in a car was often higher than the actual speed at which the vehicle is travelling.

Judge Richard Bray granted an interim disqualification at the court and adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Robinson will remain on conditional bail until he is sentenced next year.