Court: Woman denies causing A47 deaths

Samantha Durber, pictured in 2008. Photo: Georgi Mabee/Peterborough Telegraph

Samantha Durber, pictured in 2008. Photo: Georgi Mabee/Peterborough Telegraph

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A woman will stand trial charged with causing a crash on the A47 which killed two people leaving a young Peterborough boy orphaned.

Debra Weston appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday (8 September), where she was charged with causing the deaths of Fletton couple Samantha and Stephen Durber.

The married couple, parents of Lucas, who was aged just three at the time, were travelling along the A47 near Sacrewell Farm in August 2013 when they were involved in a collision with a Land Rover.

Lucas, who was travelling in the car with his parents, suffered serious head injuries and two broken legs in the crash, and remained in hospital for a number of days while he recovered.

Groups from across Fletton also organised events to raise funds to support Lucas and his family in the future.

The two occupants of the Land Rover also suffered serious injuries in the collision.

Weston (40) of Canver Close, Nottingham, is charged with two counts of causing death by careless driving - one in connection with Stephen Durber, who was aged 30 when he died and one in connection with Samantha Durber, who was 27 years old at the time of the crash.

At Monday’s short hearing, Weston spoke only to confirm her name to the court clerk, and to enter not guilty pleas to both counts she faces.

A trial has been scheduled to take place at Peterborough Crown Court, starting on 5 January 2015.

Judge Sean Enright said the trial should last about three days.

Weston was granted bail until the trial starts by Judge Enright.