Woman accused of motorcyclist's death to face trial

A DRIVER accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist is set to face trial.

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:41 pm
Elaine Dorey outside court

Elaine Dorey appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being charged with causing the death of Julie Corben by careless driving.

The accident happened on the A27 in Fareham in June 2015. Dorey, 62, did not enter a plea.

She chose for the case to be heard at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Julie Corben with her grandaughter Maisie in 2013

Dorey, of Westcroft Road, Gosport, who was wearing a black cardigan over a white blouse, spoke only to confirm her name before being released on bail.

Her appearance at court comes nearly 18 months after the incident on June 15 last year.

Mrs Corben, from Hook Lane, Warsash, was killed when her black Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed into a blue Fiat Doblo.

The vehicles were at traffic lights at the junction of The Avenue and Catisfield Road, in Fareham, near the Oast & Squire pub.

Julie Corben with her grandaughter Maisie in 2013

Following the incident, the family urged for witnesses to come forward.

Speaking to The News in June 2015, her daughter Jodie Elliot said: ‘We need to know the truth.

‘The grief we are all feeling is the worst feeling in the world and the whole family is struggling to come to terms with this. We need closure and we can’t rest until we know the truth.’

The inquest into 
Mrs Corben’s death ruled that the incident was an accident.

Coroner David Horsley said at the time: ‘Julie Corben has died due to an accident.

‘It was a very tragic accident for both her and her family.’ The family held fundraiser earlier this month to commemorate Mrs Corben’s 57th birthday and to raise money for charity Brake.

It was a well-attended event with the family paying their thanks to the support they’ve received since the accident.

Jodie added: ‘We have got amazing support from the people around us and we are really grateful to all of them.’

Dorey will appear at Portsmouth Crown Court on January 3.