A woman has been warned she is facing jail after causing a motorcyclist’s death by careless driving.
Wendy Leung caused fatal injuries to grandfather Colin Milton, 53, before driving away from the scene with the windscreen of her BMW cracked and the bonnet damaged.
She then stopped at a service station a mile away to inspect the damage before returning.
Leung pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving when she appeared before Leeds Crown Court.
Mr Milton, of Mill Dam Lane, Pontefract, suffered fatal injuries in the crash which took place at the junction of Knottingley Road and Pontefract Road, Knottingley, at 5.30am on January 26 last year.
Leung, of Weeland Court, Knottingley, pleaded not guilty to a second charge of careless driving.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said that charge related to Leung continuing to drive the vehicle in a damaged condition after the collision.
Mr Sharp told the court the Crown Prosecution Service no longer considered it in the public interest to take the matter to trial given Leung’s guilty plea to the more serious charge.
Leung’s barrister Matthew Paul said the incident happened on a long slip road and the service station was the safest place to stop. Mr Paul urged judge Sally Cahill QC not to view Leung leaving the scene as an aggravating feature of the case.
He said: “Whilst aware that something happened, she was not aware that what had happened was a full blown collision with a motorcyclist that she had not seen and did not realise until she stopped how serious the collision must have been. Upon realising that she immediately took responsibility and drove back.”
Leung, a clerical assistant for ASDA, had no previous convictions and had driven for over 15 years without ever having points on her licence. The case was adjourned for reports and Leung will be sentenced later this month.
Judge Cahill said: “Inevitably the court will be considering a custodial sentence.”