Fatal crash driver ‘was going 40mph’

A pedestrian was killed on Preston New Road in Blackpool following a collision with a car. Police at the scene.
A pedestrian was killed on Preston New Road in Blackpool following a collision with a car. Police at the scene.

A woman accused of knocking over and killing a great-grandmother was heard to say she had revved her engine to “scare” some children just moments before the collision.

Witnesses to the accident on Preston New Road on June 27 last year also told Preston Crown Court how Natalie Foulser was speeding along the road after pulling out of the junction at Cherry Tree Road.

Gail Miller was driving on the opposite side of the main road when former nursing sister Averil Monks, 75, was knocked down and killed at around 4.30pm.

In a police statement read out to a jury in court yesterday, she said: “I noticed a female on the central reservation who was very upset, I believed her to be the driver of the vehicle involved.

“I went to her and tried to assist her and calm her down.

“She said ‘Two kids were messing about around the junction. I revved my engine to scare them because they were messing about’.”

David Marsden, a driving instructor, said his pupil was approaching the pedestrian crossing on the other side of the main road when he saw Mrs Monks get struck by Foulser in her black and orange Honda Civic.

In his police statement, also read out to the court yesterday, he said: “I walked to the scene and asked if I could help.

“The female driver of the car was in hysterics on the central reservation and was screaming ‘I want my dad’.

“She then said either ‘it revved’ or ‘I revved it’.”

Robert Chambers said he was in the car in front of Foulser as she pulled on to Preston New Road from Cherry Tree Road.

Giving evidence, he said: “I noticed the speed of [Foulser’s car] and the noise.”

Mr Chambers described Foulser’s manoeuvre to get onto the right hand lane of the road as “rash”, as she then over took him and the two cars in front of him.

He added: “It must have been doing 40mph.”

Steven Burns and Derek Faulkner were in a van parked on the side of Preston New Road and both described to the court how they had heard the car’s engine before they saw it.

They both said it appeared to have been speeding.

Foulser, 21, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood denies causing death by dangerous driving.

Proceeding