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Woman denies killing pensioner in Ballymena crash

BY PAUL HIGGINS

A woman has denied causing the death of a pensioner by careless driving.

Appearing in the dock of Antrim Crown Court, 31-year-old Ruth McFadden pleaded not guilty to a single charge of causing the death of Sarah Matilda Crawford on September 3, 2011, by careless driving on the Craigstown Road in Ballymena.

It is understood that elderly Mrs Crawford was the passenger in a car which was involved in a head-on collision with Ms McFadden's car on the narrow road and died from her injuries 12 days later.

Defence lawyer Neil Moore told the court the trial would focus on reports from forensic engineers and that he would be seeking evidence from the emergency services who attended the scene.

Judge Desmond Marrinan said that "whatever the outcome of the trial, I'm sure we all join in sympathising with the family of this lady who died as a result of this tragedy".

Ms McFadden, from Riverside in Antrim, was released on continuing bail until her trial in February next year.

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