Kyle car tragedy: charge admitted

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A 21-year-old rugby player has admitted causing the death of a young Glaisdale man through careless driving.

Jack Braithwaite, from Egton, was arrested following the death of 19-year-old Kyle Gibson in a road crash on July 3 last year.

Braithwaite, a former Whitby High School pupil, appeared at York Crown Court this week when his case was adjourned for sentence on October 16.

Dressed in a maroon-and-white Whitby Rugby Union tie and pin-striped suit, Braithwaite was told by judge Colin Burn that he was facing a jail sentence.

Mr Burn said: “One of the sentences the court is going to have to consider is a custodial sentence, but all options are open in relation to this case.”

Kyle, a former pupil at Lythe School, Caedmon and Whitby Community College, died in hospital from his injuries following the accident at about 10.30pm on Egton Lane.

He had been in an induced coma at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough for five days after the crash, but the decision was taken to turn off his life support machine.

Kyle, a budding artist, was surrounded by his family and closest friends when he died. His heartbroken mum Maria said later: “He was one of the biggest personalities I have ever known.”

The two-vehicle collision involved Braithwaite’s Peugeot 206 with three males inside and a Ford Mondeo with five occupants.

All the casualties were taken to hospital with various injuries, including broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and minor glass wounds. All except Kyle were later discharged from hospital.