Woman will plead not guilty to driving death charge

Averil Monks, 75, from Marton, who died after being involved in a collision with a black and orange Honda Civic on Preston New Road, Marton, on Wednesday, June 27 2012.
Averil Monks, 75, from Marton, who died after being involved in a collision with a black and orange Honda Civic on Preston New Road, Marton, on Wednesday, June 27 2012.

A WOMAN has made her first appearance at court accused of killing former hospital nursing sister Averil Monks, pictured.

Natalie Foulser, 20, of Heathfield Road, Fleetwood, is charged with causing the death of Averil Monks by driving dangerously.

Foulser was said to have been driving a Honda Civic when she collided with pedestrian Mrs Monks, a 75-year-old mother-of-two and former nursing sister at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The accident is alleged to have taken place on the A583 Preston New Road at the junction of Winton Road, Blackpool, in the afternoon of June 27 this year.

Stephen Burns, prosecuting, applied for the case to go straight to crown court.

Defence lawyer, Robert Castle, said his client had indicated she would plead not guilty.

District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court sent the case direct to Preston Crown Court and bailed Foulser to appear there on November 8.