Driver who killed pedestrian was warned by a psychic he would be going to prison

Driver who killed female pedestrian as she walked home from work was warned by a psychic he would go to prison
Ashleigh Ryan, 26, told witness at scene: 'I'm the most unlucky person ever'Ryan said psychic told him he could see him wearing a prison uniform
Tara Mackie was walking home from a nightshift at care home when she died

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19:17 GMT, 18 December 2012

A driver who killed a female pedestrian had been warned by a psychic he would be going to prison, a court heard today.

Ashleigh Ryan, 26, is accused of mowing down care worker Tara Mackie, 25, as she walked home from work.

A court heard Ryan told a witness at the scene of the fatal crash: 'I've killed her – I'm the most unlucky person ever.

Ashleigh Stephen Ryan, pictured, killed a pedestrian after he was told by a psychic he was going to jail

Tara Mackie, pictured, was killed as she walked home from a night shift

Ashleigh Ryan, left, is accused of mowing down care worker Tara Mackie, right, after he was told by a psychic he was going to jail

He said: 'I went to see a psychic last year who told me I would be wearing a uniform.

'It was a prison uniform. I will be going to prison for this.

'My back wheels locked, I saw a brick wall coming towards me and swerved then I hit the girl.'

Miss Mackie was walking home from her nightshift at a care home when she was hit from behind by Ryan's Ford Fiesta on a sharp bend.

Prosecutor Leuan Bennett said: 'His speed had been inappropriate for the section of road.

'There is a warning of a right hand bend and the word “slow” is written in two places on the road surface.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Ryan told a witness at the scene of the fatal crash: 'I've killed her - I'm the most unlucky person ever'

Cardiff Crown Court heard Ryan told a witness at the scene of the fatal crash: 'I've killed her – I'm the most unlucky person ever'

'But he entered the corner at speed and his car collided with part of a brick parapet of a bridge.

'He drove at 50mph into a brick wall and having struck it, veered out of control onto the grass verge where Tara Mackie was walking.'

Ryan, of Barry, near Cardiff, was arrested at the scene and told officers that he had swerved to avoid hitting a cyclist.

Mr Bennett added: 'He deliberately misused the history of events to blame other road users for causing this fatal crash.'

Ryan denies causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

The trial, at Cardiff Crown Court, continues.