Leyland woman admits causing the death of devoted grandad

Keen biker: David Leech died two weeks after being hit by a car in Leyland
Keen biker: David Leech died two weeks after being hit by a car in Leyland
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A woman with sight problems has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a motorcyclist by dangerous driving.

Anne Marie Orton, 44, of Bristol Avenue, Leyland, cried in court as she admitted causing the accident which killed a grandad in November 2013.

David Leech, 59, died in hospital two weeks after the crash on the junction of Leyland Way and Bow Brook Road in Leyland.

The former Leyland Motors worker had suffered a fractured hip and leg, and was successfully operated on, but developed complications after the operation.

Orton, who has no previous convictions, appeared in the dock at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday.

Judge Mark Brown remanded her on bail and adjourned sentence to enable a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

He agreed she should return on February 10 after hearing that her first grandchild is expected on January 30, the day initially earmarked for sentence.

The court, which was attended by friends and relatives of the victim, heard Orton’s licence had already been surrendered, but the judge made an interim driving disqualification pending her sentence.

He said: “You created a substantial risk of dangerous driving with a known medical condition.”

Dad-of-three David was a keen biker who enjoyed going on rides with his wife Elaine.

He grew up on Wade Hall and on leaving Wellfield High School went into engineering and worked at Leyland Motors, until joining the prison service in 1990 at the age of 36 at Wymott Prison.

The devoted family man, who lived in Leyland all of his life, had also worked as a Police Special patrolling the streets of his hometown.