SCHOOLGIRL Natalia Wiley died from head injuries in a crash caused by two drivers racing each other, a court was told yesterday.
The 15-year-old died instantly after her boyfriend’s car left the A170 between Scarborough and Pickering in January.
Robert Turnbull, 19, the driver of the Vauxhall Corsa in which Natalia died, has admitted death by dangerous driving.
Daniel Jeminson, 21, the driver of the other car, yesterday denied causing death by dangerous driving at York Crown Court.
The court was told Jeminson, of Kirkbymoorside, in his Ford Fiesta, and Turnbull, from Pickering, were travelling at speeds of up to 80mph before the incident.
The court heard Turnbull was taking the Lady Lumley’s School pupil to Scarborough Hospital to see her sick grandfather when he lost control and veered off the road with his car rolling one and a half times before coming to rest on it’s roof.
Prosecuting, David Brooke said: “There came a time when Turnbull tried to overtake Daniel Jeminson.
“He saw something coming the other way, he swerved back in and lost control of his car and it turned over.
“The cars were racing, particularly on this stretch of road.
“Racing is inherently dangerous and although it was the final manoeuvre of Robert Turnbull to turn the car on it’s head, it came because they were racing in small but fast cars.”
The court heard Turnbull had modified his car to include a bigger, and louder exhaust and racing-style bucket seats, and had also applied a sticker asking ‘How is my driving?’ to its rear.
Jeminson’s white car had a distinctive blue stripe along it’s body, a facet eyewitness Gerard Scaife said was just like the vehicle he had seen speed past him in close proximity to another car before the accident.
Mr Scaife, a mechanical technician, was leaving Thornton-le-Dale towards Pickering when he saw the cars, which he said were travelling so close in the opposite direction he saw three headlights coming towards him and mistook the vehicles for a rally car with a broken spotlight.
He said: “I thought they were too close and I could only see one headlight of the car at the back.
“It was not normal driving.”
The court also heard brief statements from two other drivers, including an Eastfield man, who described seeing a mass of lights as the cars passed him in Allerston.
Mr Brooke added: “He noticed there was a small dark car travelling past him but it was the next car that he particularly noticed because he saw a White Fiesta.
“There was a mass of lights and excessive speed and thought the white car was going to go into the back of the other vehicle.”
The trial continues.