THE sister of a woman who lost her life in a road collision has thanked the local community and police for their support after the motorist involved pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
Brian Prince, aged 52, of Rimbach Drive, Little Haywood, appeared at Stoke-on- Trent Crown Court last Wednesday and entered a guilty plea.
The case came after Donna Adams, aged 48, of Hartington Close, Leek, suffered serious injuries in the collision in the centre of the town, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident occurred at around 1.20pm on Friday, October 12, 2012.
The case has been adjourned for sentencing but no date set. Prince was banned from driving on an interim basis and granted bail.
The collision occurred at the junction of Cruso Street and Broad Street in Leek which involved Donna and a vehicle, which did not stop at the scene.
A detailed police investigation began and officers made an appeal for witnesses to come forward with information, which led to an arrest. Now Donna’s twin sister, Lynn Walmsley, has praised the community of Leek and the police for their hard work.
Mrs Walmsley said: “The community of Leek are still supporting the family. The kindness of people, strangers and those who are anonymous have done wonderful things to help.
“As the anniversary of the incident came I went to the cemetery to plant flowers and weed the area.
“However flowers, had been already been planted, and it just said it was for you. I was touched by the person’s thought, as I do not know who it was. One another occasion I found a plant pot with flowers in it.
“I would like to thank the police for their hard work to bring this incident to a conclusion.
They said at the beginning it would be a difficult case.
“On October 12 2012 my life and that of my family changed forever.
“Together with friends and neighbours of Donnas we have all quietly felt her loss deeply.
“The tragic, shocking, sudden way she was taken from us, was felt through the whole community of Leek.
“Donna touched so many lives, her love of life, laughter, her courage facing the world through disabilities she overcame, and the kindness to others will stay with many of us in our own memories.
“The happiest times were at the home she chose herself at Hartington Close, for her and her little dog Bobby.
“Friends and neighbours tell me they miss her so much and she always had time for everyone.
“But, people of Leek be proud. Some say there isn’t a community anymore in Leek, how wrong they are; you have proved them wrong.”