Teen Ashley Taylor faces jail for causing death of his friend by careless driving
The funeral procession
for Ben Maitland, 18, killed in a car crash in Broadstairs
A 19-year-old man is facing prison after he admitted
causing the death of his friend by careless driving.
Ashley Taylor was behind the wheel of a black Vauxhall Corsa
which hit a wall at the junction of Stone Road and Bishops Avenue
in Broadstairs in the early hours of February 11.
The accident led to the death of Benjamin Maitland, a classic
car enthusiast and ex-pupil of St George’s School, who was a friend
of Taylor’s and a passenger in the car.
Taylor, of Reculver Road, Birchington, appeared at Canterbury
Crown Court where he admitted causing the death by careless driving
of Mr Maitland while being over the drink drive limit.
Prosecutor Martin Yale told the court a test showed that Taylor
had 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliltres of breath. The
legal limit is 35.
Mr Yale said: “He was driving in response to an emergency as
someone was sick in the back of his car.
“He had only had his licence for five months, but it was
As a result of the accident, one female passenger suffered a
broken vertebra and another had bruising and swelling. An
18-year-old man who was also a passenger in the car was treated for
minor injuries, but Taylor was not hurt.
Kerry Waitt, defending, said: “The defendant is a man of
previous good character and has an excellent work record, but I
accept that the starting point for this is an immediate custodial
“He was driving in response to an emergency, but it is accepted
that the emergency could have been dealt with in another way.”
Judge Nigel van der Bijl said: “This is a dreadful case and it’s
highly likely it will end in a custodial sentence.”
Taylor was handed an interim driving ban and will have to return
to court on October 19 for sentence.
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