Cumbria bin lorry man admits tourist death

The driver of a council bin lorry has admitted being to blame for the death of a tourist in the Lake District.

Mary Cook, 54, died after being struck by the 7.5 tonne refuse van while she was on holiday in Grasmere last June.

Simon Steele, 54, of Bank Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, pleaded guilty to causing her death by careless driving at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday.

He was remanded on bail and will be sentenced on 7 March.

Mrs Cook, a school librarian from Southwell, Nottinghamshire, died on 2 June while she and her husband were walking down Easedale Road, a narrow lane near Grasmere.

The lorry reversed into her when the driver - who was not used to that particular vehicle - failed to see her.

Judge Paul Batty QC warned Steele he could be sent to prison.

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