Crash death teen in court

A TEENAGER from Norland will stand trial next month accused of causing death by careless driving.

Lydia Presley, 18, of Pickwood Scar, is accused of causing the death of Pauline Preston, 66.

Presley pleaded not guilty to the allegation at an earlier court hearing.

Yesterday she appeared before a judge at Bradford Crown Court for a pre-trial review.

A Renault Clio being driven by Presley was involved in a collision with Mrs Preston’s Ford Fusion on Greetland Road in Barkisland in May 2010.

The Halifax woman died later in hospital.

Presley, who was 17 at the time, was injured along with her 17-year-old passenger.

Both teenagers were students at Huddersfield New College at the time of the collision in May last year.

Presley underwent surgery at a specialist hospital in Sheffield after the crash.

The court heard that she was a promising hockey player who has played for Haliax Ladies Hockey Club since she was 13.

She is also a former Hipperholme Grammar School pupil.

Following discussions at the hearing about the case Judge Peter Benson adjourned the case until November 28 when Presley’s five-day trial is due to begin.

He also confirmed that Presley will be on unconditional bail pending her trial.

Mrs Preston was a five-time grandmother.