AN ELDERLY woman who was in a car involved in a head-on collision on a country lane died of her injuries in hospital four days later.
Mary Annie Rogers, 73, of Northop Hall, was in the passenger seat of a Ford Escort as it was being driven along Blackbrook Lane, near Mold, in December of last year by her husband, Christopher Rogers, when the accident occurred.
On Tuesday, the driver of the Ford Transit van it struck, Nicholas Arthur Hallam, 34, a delivery driver of Berwyn, Berwyn Isa Road, Brynteg, changed his plea and admitted a careless driving charge.
He was fined £200 with £150 costs and five penalty points were imposed on his driving licence.
Hallam was warned that, with 11 penalty points now on his licence, he would have to be very careful as any further incident could lead to disqualification.
Prosecuting, Andrew Warman told Flintshire Magistrates Court that the accident occurred at about 10am on December 7, when Mr and Mrs Rogers were travelling in the direction of Mold and Hallam's van was travelling in the opposite direction. The vehicles collided on a bend.
A police accident investigation showed Mr Rogers had been driving at between 25 and 30mph, while the Transit van was travelling at not less than 38mph.
Interviewed, Hallam said he was driving at about 40mph, saw a vehicle come around the corner and braked, but the wheels locked and he could not avoid a collision.
Defending, John Heath said the accident had a profound effect on Hallam, who had suffered from depression since.
He had been charged with careless driving rather than the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving, but was remorseful and concerned about what had happened.
An accidental death verdict was recorded at the inquest, where Mr Rogers had approached Hallam and shook his hand.
Mr Heath said Hallam had five dependent children, two living at home, and if he was disqualified then he would lose his job as a delivery driver.
He had, a short time before the accident, undergone an internal assessment as a driver and was so highly regarded he was earmarked to be used as an instructor for other drivers.
The incident had affected him greatly and the matter had been hanging over him for almost 12 months, which had a significant effect on him.
Magistrates were advised that while a fatality had occurred, in cases of careless driving, the bench should look at the degree of carelessness in determining the penalty.