Aris­to­crat, 77, ‘caused pile-up on way to gym’

Daily Mail - - Life - By Chris Brooke

A 77-YEAR-OLD aris­to­crat caused a spec­tac­u­lar three-ve­hi­cle smash af­ter driv­ing danger­ously on the way to the gym, a court heard yes­ter­day.

Lady Susan Zet­land is ac­cused of ig­nor­ing signs and cones show­ing a right turn was for­bid­den at a junc­tion and pulling into the path of an on­com­ing ve­hi­cle.

Her £30,000 Subaru 4x4 was struck by a Nis­san Qashqai, which spun her across into the other car­riage­way on the A66 trans-Pen­nine trunk road, where her ve­hi­cle was hit by a lorry.

Lady Zet­land lives close to the junc­tion where the col­li­sion hap­pened, at Aske Hall in North York­shire, the fam­ily seat of her hus­band Lord Mark Dun­das, 79, the fourth Mar­quess of Zet­land.

She mirac­u­lously es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury and ad­mit­ted to police that she had not been driv­ing as care­fully as she should, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Re­call­ing her ac­tions in court yes­ter­day, Lady Zet­land said the pe­riod lead­ing up to the crash ‘all be­comes a bit fuzzy’ in her mem­ory. She said a pick-up truck ahead of her went through a gap in the cones and ‘per­haps I just fol­lowed’.

The aris­to­crat added: ‘You just do fol­low other ve­hi­cles, don’t you?’

Paul New­combe, pros­e­cut­ing, said: ‘It might have been bet­ter to make your own judg­ment?’ She replied: ‘Many things might have been bet­ter on re­flec­tion.’

Lady Zet­land, who de­nies danger­ous driv­ing, was head­ing to a lo­cal ho­tel gym at 6am on July 4 last year. Dur­ing the short jour­ney she passed four signs warn­ing that the junc­tion was closed.

The case con­tin­ues.

‘Ig­nored signs’: Lady Zet­land yes­ter­day

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