Woman’s guilty pleas over A47 crash which killed parents of brave Lucas

Debra Weston who has admitted causing two deaths by careless driving. Photo: David Lowndes
Debra Weston who has admitted causing two deaths by careless driving. Photo: David Lowndes
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A woman has admitted killing the parents of a three-year-old Peterborough boy in a horror crash on the A47.

Debra Weston was told by a judge at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday (5 January) she is likely to receive a custodial sentence in front of a public gallery filled with her victims’ family.

Samantha Durber

Samantha Durber

Weston (41), from Canver Close, Nottingham, had admitted two charges of causing death by careless driving relating to married couple Stephen and Samantha Durber (pictured left) from Fletton.

The collision on the stretch of the road near Sutton took place on 25 August 2013 and also left the couple’s son needing extensive surgery.

Weston will now be sentenced on February 13 after reports were requested from probation services. She was warned by Judge Sean Enright that a prison sentence was likely.

The judge also disqualified her from driving until the sentencing.

Weston, who has bright blonde hair, had previously pleaded not guilty to the same charges at Peterborough Crown Court on September 8 2014 and was expected to stand trial.

Proceedings on Monday but were quickly halted so Richard Clews, defending Weston, could speak to her in private.

On their return less than an hour later Weston pleaded guilty to the two charges.

She showed little emotion and spoke only to confirm her name and issue her pleas.

The crash took the lives of Samantha Durber, who was 27, and husband Stephen, who was 30.

They were travelling along the A47 near Sacrewell Farm in a Ford Focus when it 
collided with a Land Rover Discovery being driven by Weston.

Their son Lucas, who was three at the time, also suffered serious head injuries and two broken legs in the crash.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where he underwent extensive surgery.

He left hospital in October 2013 and was said to be making good progress.

His grandparents later wrote to the Peterborough Telegraph to thank the work of the emergency services.

The police, fire service and East Anglian Air Ambulance had all been called to the scene of the collision.

Weston and her passenger in the Land Rover also suffered serious injuries from the incident.

An outpouring of emotion and fundraising took place following the crash which happened two days after the couple, of Princes Road, Fletton, had celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary.

Fun day events and an entertainment evening were held in November and December 2013 in Fletton to raise money to support Lucas.

The brave toddler was also recognised with the Child of Courage award at the 2014 Pride of Peterborough Awards.

Tributes, too, came in for Stephen and Samantha.

Stephen’s father Paul Durber said: “Stephen was a gentleman, friendly and humorous – devoted to his family. He was utterly devoted to Lucas and the lovely, bubbly Sam.

Stephen was also described as “respected and well-liked” by colleagues at Indesit in Peterborough, where he had worked.

Samantha was said to be a “very popular member of staff” by Dennis White, senior director at Hunt and Coombs Solicitors in Thorpe Road, Peterborough, where she had worked.

Mr White added that everyone at the company had been devastated by what had happened.