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Guilty plea over fatal crash

Dennikia Lambert (Photograph supplied)

A 64-year-old woman has admitted causing the death of her granddaughter by driving carelessly.

Madeline Santucci pleaded guilty to causing the death of Dennikia Lambert on July 27 last year when she lost control of her vehicle and overturned.

Ms Lambert, 14, was a passenger in the SUV driven by Santucci that collided with a motorcycle at the roundabout of Dock Hill, Frog Lane and Palmetto Road.

The accident happened on the eve of the Cup Match holiday and prompted an outpouring of grief at the Berkeley Institute, where the teenager was a pupil.

Yesterday morning, Santucci, from Pembroke, also admitted seriously injuring motorcyclist Charles Whited before her vehicle overturned. She pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Whited by careless driving.

Santucci pleaded guilty to the two charges in Supreme Court on the day she was due to stand trial.

She was released on bail until she will be sentenced on April 25 before Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves.

At the time of her death, Ms Lambert was remembered by her school principal as “smart, vivacious and full of vitality”.

Berkeley Institute principal Phyllis Curtis-Tweed said the teenager had an outgoing personality and enjoyed taking part in dance and sports.

She described her as an honour student who had just finished her S1 year at the school, and would have commenced S2 in September.