Teenage driver admits killing 16-year-old moped rider

Roseanne Allen. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Roseanne Allen was riding a moped when the collision occurred in Par

A 19-year-old woman has admitted killing a teenage girl in a road collision in Cornwall.

Zoe Couch, from Rose Hill, St Blazey, crashed her Ford Ka car into 16-year-old Roseanne Allen, who was riding a moped near St Austell in January 2010.

Couch admitted causing death by careless driving at Truro Crown Court.

Adjourning sentencing, Judge John Williams warned Couch that "the more inevitable sentence will be one of custody".

The collision occurred on Par Moor Road in Par on 25 January 2010 as Miss Allen, from Fowey, was riding her 49cc moped. She died at the scene.

Couch's car ended up in a ditch but she suffered only minor injuries.

The court heard records showed Couch received a text message to her mobile phone two minutes before she used it to call 999 to report the accident.

However, it was impossible to tell whether she had read it before the crash, it also heard.

The prosecution said Couch was driving faster than she should have been and that the condition of her car might have been a factor in the collision.

Couch admitted the charge after the prosecution said it was unable to provide enough evidence for a charge of death by dangerous driving.

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