American resident pleads guilty to causing death of Briton while driving in EnglandBy AP
Friday, June 19, 2009
San Francisco man guilty to causing death of Brit
LONDON — A San Francisco man pleaded guilty Friday to causing the death of a woman in a head-on car crash when he veered onto the wrong side of the road in England.
Martyn Crew, 52, appeared in a British court Friday and pleaded guilty to careless or inconsiderate driving.
Police say Crew, who had just gotten off a trans-Atlantic flight, veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with an oncoming vehicle. The Christmas Day crash killed Natasha Jackson, 21, near Nottingham, about 125 miles (about 200 kilometers) north of London.
The charge is one of a number of driving offenses introduced last year. It carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Crew was freed on bail until sentencing, at a later date.
Police and prosecutors said Crew was born in England but has lived in the United States for 20 years.
It was not the first time a trans-Atlantic traveler has caused an accident in Britain or Ireland, where people drive on the left side of the road. In December, Nathan Doud of Ventura, California, was sentenced to 20 months in jail for killing three people in a head-on collision while driving on the wrong side of the road in England.
Actor Matthew Broderick was fined $175 for careless driving after he was involved in a car crash that killed a mother and daughter while he was on vacation in Northern Ireland in 1987. Prosecutors said he had been driving on the wrong side of the road. Broderick said at the time he had no recollection of the collision.
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