Woman accused of killing friend by careless driving while unfit

Katherine Kelley, fatally injured in a November 2012 car crash on the Armagh Road.

Katherine Kelley, fatally injured in a November 2012 car crash on the Armagh Road.

A Portadown woman was today (Friday, September 2) accused of killing her friend and injuring three more by careless driving while unfit.

However, 23-year-old Claire Gough did not attend Craigavon Magistrates Court and defence solicitor Lloyd McKeag said the defendant herself was receiving “respite care”.

Gough, from the Tartaraghan Road, is charged with causing the death of Katherine Kelly by driving carelessly and whilst unfit through drink or drugs on 3 November, 2012.

She faces three further allegations of causing grievous bodily injury to Scott Houston, Daniel Dougan and Trevor Foster arising from the same single vehicle crash on the Armagh Road in Portadown.

District Judge Peter King adjourned the case and listed it for mention in two weeks time.

Miss Kelley was just 21 when she sustained her fatal injuries and it was reported at the time that Gough herself was also in a “critical condition.”

Kathy Lennon, Miss Kelley’s mother, spoke of her “pride” that her daughter’s organs had been donated including her liver being given to a seriously ill baby.