Driver banned after admitting killing his passenger in crash

A Polish motorist was banned from driving by a judge yesterday after he admitted killing a passenger when his car left the road and hit a tree.

Piotr Koch will be sentenced next month after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of 21-year-old Diana Priede during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court.

Miss Priede, who lived in Boston, died on Saturday 30 April after the car Koch was driving left the A52 Grantham Road near Osbournby, and entered a field.

26-year-old Koch, from Wyberton, near Boston, was unhurt. Miss Priede, from Latvia, was freed from the wreckage but died on her way to Pilgrim Hospital. Two other male passengers, aged 21 and 24, were also injured.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, asked for sentence on Koch to be adjourned for three weeks so victim impact statements could be taken from Miss Priede’s family in Latvia.

Mr Howes said: “They will not be travelling to the court for the sentence so it is important that they are taken into consideration.”

Liz Hart, mitigating, told the court Koch would not be requesting a probation report as a prison sentence was inevitable.

Miss Hart added: “He knows that. There is nothing I can not tell the court about him. He is a young man with motoring convictions but nothing else.”

Judge Sean Morris granted Koch bail until he is sentenced at the end of the October and imposed an interim driving disqualification on him.

“You have three weeks to organise your affairs as a custodial sentence is inevitable,” Judge Morris warned Koch.

“In the meantime I make an interim disqualification from driving which means you can not drive at all.

“This was a bad error of judgement.”

Koch, of Tytton Lane Eat, Wyberton, will be sentenced on 28 October after he admitted causing Miss Priede’s death by dangerous driving on 30 April this year.