A WOMAN has admitted to causing the death of a pensioner by careless/inconsiderate driving in Bradford.

22-year-old Amber Hall, of Norman Crescent, Idle, appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Barbara Slingsby, 83, was hit by a reversing Volkswagen Polo at the junction of Westfield Lane and Cockshott Lane in Idle at around 12.45pm on Sunday, July 31.

She was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary with serious injuries and died the following day.

Several members of her family were present at Friday's court hearing.

Hall was visibly emotional as she entered her guilty plea to the charge. 

The prosecution outlined how she had parked her car by a grass verge and was reversing to park elsewhere.

Hall had not seen Mrs Slingsby crossing the road diagonally as she revered for several seconds, the court heard.

The prosecution added if the right checks had taken place, she would have seen Mrs Slingsby and the collision would have been avoided.

The court heard Hall has no previous convictions. 

A death notice for Mrs Slingsby in the Telegraph & Argus described her as the "loving wife of Denby, much-loved sister of Raymond, treasured aunt, great aunt, stepmother, grandmother and great grandmother, and a dear friend to so many".

It added: "She will be greatly missed."

Her funeral service was held at the Idle Upper Chapel United Reformed Church. 

One tribute to her said: "My Brown Owl in the 70s and a good friend to my mum.

"I would still see you around Idle and Thackley and truly lovely lady. Thinking of Barbara's family at this sad time."

  • Hall was given unconditional bail and will appear at Bradford Crown Court for sentence on Friday, December 8.