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The driver of an HGV which collided with a vehicle, killing one occupant and seriously injuring another, has changed his previous not-guilty pleas after the PPS agreed to lesser charges.

The driver of an HGV which collided with a vehicle, killing one occupant and seriously injuring another, has changed his previous not-guilty pleas after the PPS agreed to lesser charges.

The driver of an HGV which collided with a vehicle, killing one occupant and seriously injuring another, has changed his previous not-guilty pleas after the PPS agreed to lesser charges.

The driver of an HGV which collided with a vehicle, killing one occupant and seriously injuring another, has changed his previous not-guilty pleas after the PPS agreed to lesser charges.

Patricia Kearney died in the collision on April 27, 2015 at the meeting of the M1 and the A4 Woodlough Road, Dungannon. The mother-of-five from Newtownabbey was travelling with her husband who sustained very serious injuries.

William Alexander (50) from Glenside, Comber was originally charged with causing death and grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving. These were denied, but yesterday at Dungannon Crown Court defence counsel asked to have him re-arraigned.

Reading from a piece of paper supplied by his solicitor, Alexander replied to the charges: "Not guilty to death by dangerous driving, but guilty to death by careless driving." He made the same reply in respect of grievous bodily harm. Alexander was remanded on continuing bail before sentence on February 20.

Belfast Telegraph