Motorist accused of causing death of teenage moped rider will face jury trial

Jess Danby.
Jess Danby.

A motorist accused of causing the death of teenage moped rider Jessica Danby is to face trial in front of a jury next year.

Philip Paddington-Wheatcroft, 53, of Main Road, Sibsey denied causing death by dangerous driving on the A52 at Frampton on October 1, 2015, when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court.

The charge follows the death of 19-year-old Jessica, from Donington, who was on her way to work as a barista at a coffee shop.

Paddington-Wheatcroft’s Audi Q7 is alleged to have collided head-on with Jessica’s moped after he pulled out to overtake an HGV.

A second man, Graeme Riches, 55, of Leverett Road, Boston, is accused of dangerous driving on the same stretch of road moments before the collision. He was excused attending the hearing yesterday (Wednesday) after the court was told he is seriously ill.

Both men were bailed with Paddington-Wheatcroft’s trial due to take place at the Crown Court in February 2017.