Tuesday, 24 September 2019
A WOMAN accused of causing the deaths of a police officer and a pensioner by careless driving has appeared in court.
Agne Jasulaitiene, 35, of Talavera Close, Crowthorne, did not enter a plea when she appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday.
Pc James Dixon and 91-year-old Gladys Goodwin were killed in a crash on the A4 Bath Road near Wargrave on December 5.
The officer, who was on a training exercise, was riding a motorcycle when it collided with Jasulaitiene’s car at a junction. Mrs Goodwin, who lived in Wargrave, was a passenger in the car.
Ian Bridge, for Jasulaitiene, said she could not enter a plea until an expert had calculated the approximate speed that Pc Dixon had been travelling at.
He said: “Either she should have seen it or the motorcyclist was travelling at such speeds that it was not visible at the point she was at the junction.
“She is desperately sorry for what happened. The lady in the car was a friend she had known well for a number of years.”
Charlie Gabb, prosecuting, said Pc Dixon would have to have been travelling at “astronomical” speeds of up to 300mph not to be visible to Jasulaitiene.
Judge Paul Dugdale said: “The issue is going to be whether the defendant should have seen the motorcycle at the junction.”
Pc Dixon lived in Thatcham with his wife Samantha, who was pregnant at the time of the crash.
Jasulaitiene is due in court again on March 15.
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