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Aylesbury singer jailed for accidental death of cyclist

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Published by Charlotte Fisher at 11:20am 26th November 2018. (Updated at 12:27pm 27th November 2018)

An Aylesbury pop star, who has toured with Little Mix, has been jailed for eight months for causing the death of a cyclist.

Nadine Samuels, part of a girl band called M.O, was driving in Hemel Hempstead when she didn't stop at a roundabout and hit and killed Debbie Mills.

The mum-of-three was sent flying onto the windscreen and the road.

She suffered traumatic brain injuries and was airlifted to hospital where she died.

On Friday (23/11) prosecutor Martin Mulgrew told St Albans crown court the accident happened on a roundabout on the A414 in Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday 21st March this year.

What happened?

  • It was shortly after 9:10am as the 27-year-old singer approached the roundabout along Bennetts End Road.
  • Another driver had stopped in the middle of three lanes to wait for Debbie, 54, to pass.
  • But, Samuels carried on in the outside lane, striking Debbie's mountain bike.
  • Debbie, who ran Debbie's Cakes and Gluten Free Bakes, was wearing a protective helmet.

Mr Mulgrew said:

"She was thrown into the air with such force she struck the windscreen and the road.

"She suffered traumatic brain injuries.

"An air ambulance took her to the Royal London Hospital where she died on Thursday 22nd March."

The prosecutor said:

"The defendant failed entirely to check road ahead was clear. Other road users had stopped."

Samuels stopped after the crash and dialled 999, but was so distressed another member of the public had to finish the call to the emergency services.

When questioned she told the police she had looked to her right and had seen nothing.

The court was told she was of previous good character and had held a full, clean driving licence for 3 years.

Samuels of Ailward Road, Aylesbury appeared for sentence having earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

The singer sobbed as Debbie's son Josh told the judge his mum was a valued member of the community.

She had worked for the scouting movement and set up a bakery from her home.

He said she had taken up cycling as a hobby and always wore bright clothes and had flashy lights on her bike. "We will miss her dearly," he said.

Her husband Kevin Mills, said:

"We had been married for almost 25 years.

"We had planned our first holiday together without the children. We planned to do so much together.

"We have suffered so much since Debbie died. Her life has been taken from us."

Defending, Simon Gledhill said Samuels had written to Debbie's family. He said:

"Nothing in the letter from Ms Samuels or anything I can say or any sentence will be able to console the grief of Mrs Mills' family.

"This otherwise conscientious law-abiding and successful young lady will now have to live her life in the knowledge that her action caused someone to lose their life and caused the grief to their family

"Her remorse for what happened is genuine and is overwhelming demonstrated in a number of ways: in what she has written, discussed with probation officers, her guilty plea and the fact she dialled 999. That call was taken over by someone else when shock took over."

"There was unfamiliarity with road layout and a reliance on a Sat Nav that had taken her on different route to London than the one she was used to."

Mr Gledhill said she is the oldest of 5 children and lives with her mother. He went on:

"She has experienced success - in her occupation as a professional singer - she is fortunate to be at the very beginning of a career lots of young people are desperate to achieve.

"She has the potential for a very long successful career ahead of her."

Judge Michael Kay QC jailed her for eight months and banned her from driving for two years and four months.

He told the singer:

"You did not seen Mrs Mills. You did not stop and you collided with her bicycle and she was knocked off. Very tragically she died from her injuries.

"You stopped and you were distraught and you were heard to repeatedly: 'I didn't see her. I didn't see her.'

"There is nothing I can say or do which can restore a life to a bereaved family. My heart goes out to them.

"You are a professional singer about to launch a career.

"But this was not momentary inattention - the warning signs were there. There was a car waiting at the roundabout.

"I have wrestled with this, but because of nature of your driving and the warning signs of danger and terrible consequences there has to be an immediate custodial sentence."


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