A PENSIONER has denied causing the death of a man on the A49 in Prees Heath after appearing at Shrewsbury Crown Court.

Elizabeth Pass, 76 and from Kidsgrove, in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Paul Hart close to Steel Lane on May 18 last year by driving her Honda Jazz car dangerously.

However, she did plead guilty to causing death by careless driving and will discover by February 20 whether the Crown Prosecution Service will accept that plea.


If not, then she will face a trial, scheduled for one day, at the same venue on Monday, November 18 this year.

Stage dates for proceedings were set out for the trial, following a new hearing on February 20, with the prosecution to serve its case against the defendant by Tuesday, February 27 and a defence response by March 26.

Pass was given unconditional bail but Judge Peter Barrie also ordered an interim disqualification period for the defendant.

He told her: "I’m going to allow the prosecution until February 20 to discuss the response you've given.

"It may mean the trial is necessary or it may mean your offer is accepted and you’ll be sentenced on that."