Death crash "danger" driver "failed to brake in time"

By Dave Doyle | 27/06/2017

Death crash 'danger' driver 'failed to brake in time'
Diana Hunt, Wendy Park and Barbara Twigg

JURORS have heard how a head-on collision between two cars killed three women on their way home from a shopping trip.

Wendy Park, Barbara Twigg and driver Diana Hunt all died in the horror smash with a car driven by Maltby man Kyle Cuocom (28) — two at the scene and one in hospital shortly afterwards.

The women were on their way back from Meadowhall at around 5pm on November 26, 2015, when the accident happened.

Cuocom, of Victoria Street, Maltby appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, facing three counts of causing death by careless driving.

Prosecutor Mr David James said Cuocom’s car had crashed into Ms Hunt's red Toyota Aygo at a bend opposite a former Maltby Colliery site entrance.

Cuocom’s car had smashed into the back of a van which had pulled out of the colliery site before colliding with the Aygo, the court heard.

Cuocom, who denies the charges, is accused of failing to brake in time to avoid hitting the van, even though it is said he had ample time to slow down.

He later told police that he had “lost control” of his car when the van “jumped out” from the side road.

But Mr James said: “For whatever reason, whether he saw the vehicle and didn't react or he didn't see it, he had more than enough time to see it, assess it and react.”

The trial continues.

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