Teacher who caused crash in Northampton that left motorcyclist with fractured spine fined £350

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A car driver who caused a crash with a motorbike that resulted in the rider suffering four broken vertebrae in a Northampton road has been fined £350.

Kirsty Letts, aged 26, was driving along the A43 near Moulton in the Kettering direction when she decided to carry out a U-turn in the road.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Letts, who works as a teacher at Moulton College, was on her way to work at about 8am on September when the crash happened.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said Letts was driving her Ford Fiesta in a line of heavy traffic when she decided to carry out a U-turn.

As she pulled out on to the other side of the road, a motorcyclist collided with her car and was thrown on to the bonnet of a Fiat 500 car travelling in the opposite direction.

Ms Costello said the motorcyclist ended up on the grass verge by the side of the road and suffered serious injuries including fractures to four vertebrae in his back and a broken finger.

He was taken to the spinal injury trauma centre at a University Hospital Coventry and metal plates were inserted into his spine.

Ms Costello said the motorcyclist was not at home but was still wearing a body brace to protect his spine and could not bend down or twist.

Representing herself, Letts, of Foxford Close, Northampton, said she felt “absolutely terrible” about what had happened.

She said: “There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about the crash.”

Letts was fined 3350 and received eight points on her driving licence. She must also pay the victim surcharge of £35 and costs of £235.