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Car Crash Death Sister Weeps At 'Coincidence'
A woman accused of causing her sister's death in a car crash wept as she told a court of the moment she "twigged" the vehicle she had just collided with was her older sibling's.
Rosie-Ann Stone described how she had pulled out to overtake a slow-moving lorry when Jennie Stone's Peugeot 206 "skimmed" her Vauxhall Astra, before hitting a tree.
The prosecution claim 21-year-old Rosie-Ann failed to look over her shoulder first before pulling out into the path of her sister's faster-moving car, which was already in the process of overtaking her and the HGV.
Stone also shed tears as she told the jury at Hull Crown Court how their brother died serving in Afghanistan months before the tragedy last February on the A165, near the village of Fraisthorpe, in East Yorkshire.
Asked about her 28-year-old sibling by her barrister, Patrick Palmer, Stone said the pair were "incredibly close".
"She was like a mum to me when we were younger. As we got older we were inseparable," she said.
Stone, who denies causing death by careless driving, said she had no idea Jennie was behind her in the queue of traffic building up behind the slow lorry.
She said she looked in her mirror before trying to overtake, could see nothing to cause concern - and was almost half-way past the lorry when she collided with another car.
"I saw blue and I saw her (Jennie)," Stone told the court.
"I saw her blonde hair and I twigged almost instantly."
She described how her sister's car was travelling faster than hers and it pulled ahead.
"It suddenly shot across the road. I instantly thought the truck was going to hit her," she said.
Stone said she saw her sister's car hit the tree and stopped her vehicle.
"I was running back down towards the tree to get to her," she said.
"I saw her in the car. I was screaming. I tried to get near her and some people took me away. I remember screaming something about my sister.
Earlier the jury heard how the defendant described Jennie as a "speed demon" in police interviews.
In a transcript of an interview she had with officers, she said her sister took risks as a driver and had been involved in a number of minor accidents.
She told the police: "I knew she was a speed demon. I knew she was comfortable taking risks in her vehicle. I think she took a risk and misjudged the situation."
She said she was put in a car and kept away from the crashed Peugeot.
"I wanted to be with Jennie," she said.
"Nobody was with her. She was on her own."
A prosecutor previously described the accident as a "tragic coincidence".
Stone also explained through her tears how her brother Greg was shot dead while serving in the British Army's 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, in Afghanistan in June 2012.
The trial continues.
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