Female aristocrat faces charges after causing three-car pileup in Yorkshire


BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Video still taken from PA Video of Lady Susan Zetland arriving with husband Lord Zetland at Teesside Crown Court where she has denied dangerous driving following a crash at a busy crossroads.

An aristocrat has appeared in court after causing a three-car pileup.

Lady Susan Zetland, 77, of Aske Hall in Richmond, North Yorkshire, caused the crash last year at the Hargill junction of the A66 .

The court heard that while on her way to the gym at 6am on July 4 2016, she ignored signs that said the road was closed for drivers turning right and proceeded to do so anyway, narrowly missing a truck.

She pulled out again and a Nissan Qashqai, which had a dashcam that recorded the incident, struck her Subaru Outback.

Her car ended up on the other side of the carriageway, where a truck struck it.

Zetland fully admits to causing the crash but denies the charge of dangerous driving, claiming it was careless driving.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe told a jury yesterday that Zetland's driving was worse than she admitted

He said: "She ignored the signs that said the junction was closed. She ignored the cones on her side and in the centre of the road and she failed to keep a proper lookout for traffic.

"She nearly hit an articulated lorry just in front of the Nissan Qashqai, but she did not take a breath and realise she was not keeping a proper lookout - the very next car she pulled right out in front of."

The court also heard that driving conditions were not an issue and that Zetland was not hampered by nighttime driving either.

The trial is on-going.

By Aidan Rennie-Jones