Trimley florist admits causing death of motorcyclist due to careless driving

By Derek Davis

12th Mar 2021 | Local News

A Felixstowe florist will be sentenced next month after admitting causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving.

Lisa Mickelsen, 34, of of Spriteshall Lane, Trimley St Mary, today appeared at Ipswich Crown Court and pleaded guilty to causing the death of Craig Bedford by careless driving on June 7, 2019.

The collision happened at the junction of Bell Lane and Foxhall Road, involving a silver Audi A6 and a black Honda 125cc motorcycle.

Mr Bedford suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was kept in the intensive care unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridgeshire, but died 14 hours after the crash.

Mother-of-three Mickelsen previously appeared at Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich and elected to have her case heard at the crown court.

Judge Martyn Levett ordered an all options pre-sentence report from the Probation Service ahead of Mickelsen's sentencing hearing.

The judge said his ordering of the report was no indication of what sentence might be passed.

Mickelsen was released on unconditional bail ahead of her sentencing, which will take place on Friday, April 30. Judge Levett also imposed an interim driving disqualification ahead of next month's sentence.

An inquest into Mr Bedford's death was opened and adjourned last July.

It was then opened and suspended by area coroner Jacqueline Devonish in October 2020 after it was revealed a police investigation was underway.


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