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Halstead man admits causing 87-year-old woman's death by careless driving in Sible Hedingham whilst over legal drug drive limit

A motorist driving under the influence of drugs has admitted responsibility for the death of an elderly woman almost two years ago.

Calum Brankin, 23, was driving a green Nissan Micra which struck Barbara Bragg on Mount Hill, in Halstead, on Saturday, October 12, 2019.

The 87-year-old later died from her injuries, and Brankin, of Oxford Meadows in Sible Hedingham, was subsequently arrested and charged with causing her death.

Ipswich Crown Court. (48003721)
Ipswich Crown Court. (48003721)

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving while over the drug drive limit, when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court, where he is due to return for sentencing on Friday, July 9.

Following the court hearing, Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from the serious collision investigation unit at Essex Police, stated the tragic case had highlighted the dangers of drug driving.

“Drugs affect your ability behind the wheel,” he said. “They affect your judgement and your reaction speed.

“Drugs can stay in your system for days after you last had them and, even if you don’t feel impaired, you still can be, and you can still test positive for them.

“If you are caught drug driving, you could lose your licence, which could mean you lose your job.

“If you lose your job, you might not be able to pay your bills, so you could lose your home.

“Even worse, as this case shows, the consequences can be fatal and you could kill yourself or someone else.

“I hope anyone contemplating getting behind the wheel after taking drugs will see this case and think again.”