Local man admits causing woman’s death on A46 Lincoln bypass

A man who today admitted causing a fatal road collision was warned he faces a jail sentence.

Ian Penman, 66, of The Burrows, Nettleham, pleaded guilty when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court via Skype to causing the death by dangerous driving of Wendy Short. He also admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving to a second woman.

The case arises from a collision on 23 July 2019 on the A46 Lincoln bypass between the Doddington and Skellingthorpe roundabouts.

At today’s hearing, Michael Cranmer-Brown said that Penman’s attention had been distracted at the time of the collision. He said that Penman has not driven since the incident.

Judge Catarina Sjolin Knight adjourned the case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and imposed an interim driving ban on Penman.

She told Penman: “A report is going to be prepared on you by the probation service to enable whoever sentences you to have the fullest information about you. The fact that a report is being asked for is not an indication as to what the sentence will be. The overwhelming likelihood remains that it will be a prison sentence.

“I cannot say when that sentence will take place. You will be remanded on bail until you are sentenced. It will be a condition of that bail that you co-operate with the preparation of the pre-sentence report and I am going to disqualify you from driving.”

Tributes were paid to 79-year-old Wendy following the collision, with her family describing her as a “beautiful soul”.

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