A romantic drive in Wales ended in horror when the driver lost control and killed his female passenger.
Andrew Newton, 69, drove 150 miles from his home to visit North Wales, picking up pal Marilynn Kerrigan on the way.
Magistrates were told the friends had spent the day at Llyn Crafnant in Snowdonia in May last year.
While driving Ms Kerrigan back to her Dolwyddelan, Conwy, Newton crashed his 1960s Daimler V8-250 on the A470.
Newton was in tears as he pleased guilty to causing death by careless driving after losing control on a sharp bend and veering into oncoming traffic, where he collided head-on with a Renault Captur, and Ms Kerrigan died from multiple injuries at the scene, despite resuscitation attempts by 999 crews, reports North Wales Live.
Newton had to be cut free from the vehicle by firefighters and was then taken by air ambulance to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. He suffered a broken metatarsal, ankle, left wrist, right eye socket and ribs, while his jaw was broken in two places.
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The couple in the Renault suffered significant injuries including fractured ribs, internal bleeding and a broken wrist.
It was concluded in the investigation that the fatal crash was due to a ‘driver error’ with no other factors contributing to the tragedy.
Newton held a driver’s licence for five decades and told the court that he was unable to explain why he veered into the carriageway and could not remember the road’s layout when the collision took place.
Following her tragic death, Ms Kerrigan’s family said: “It is with great sadness we announce the sad loss of our beloved sister and aunt in a tragic accident.
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“She was always a very loving and generous person, who was enjoying life to the full and will be greatly missed by her family and all the many friends who knew her.
“Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other people involved in this terrible tragedy.
“We, her family, are devastated and will find it hard to come to terms with her loss.”
Newton will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court on September 8. Until then he has received an interim driving ban.
Death by careless driving carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
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