Driver who caused pregnant woman to lose baby in collision is banned from the road

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court
Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court

A former banger car driver who caused a pregnant woman to lose her unborn child when he hit her in a head-on crash has been banned from getting behind the wheel for a year.

Kyle Overy, 23, lost concentration and veered his Vauxhall Omega “limo” into the opposite lane on November 2 last year.

Bryony Marketis, who was 16 weeks pregnant with her first child, was driving her Ford Ka in the other direction.

The two cars smashed into each other on the 50mph stretch of road at 3.30pm on the A1101 between Shippea Hill and Kenny Hill, Suffolk.

Bury St Edmunds magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday that Overy, of Decoy View, Sedge Fen, shouted; “I have killed somebody” immediately after the horror crash.

He later denied he was at fault until he changed his plea to guilty at the last minute.

In a victim impact statement Mrs Marketis, a teacher in Ely, Cambs, said: “All I can remember is the other car coming towards me. When I came round I was trapped in the vehicle and could not get out.

“At the time of the incident I was 16 weeks pregnant - it caused the loss of my baby. I had to give birth hours later in hospital.”

Mrs Marketis may never regain full mobility in her right arm, and is still dealing with the effects of fractures to her leg, kneecap and neck.

After the crash witness Steven Siezacek came to Mrs Marketis’ aid. He said in a statement: “He (Overy) said words like ‘I have killed somebody, I have killed someone. I have hit someone head on, I am so sorry’.”

An Investigation later found that Overy had been on the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision.

Defending Overy, Gavin Cowe said his client had a clean licence, was a qualified HGV driver and had no previous convictions.

He said there is no evidence of speeding and the collision was down to a “momentary lapse” of concentration.

He added: “This was a tragic crash with tragic consequences, Mr Overy does not shy away from that.”

Overy was ordered to pay £500 costs, a £20 surcharge and a £200 fine, and given a 12 month driving ban.