Go-Karting Company Pleads Guilty After Death Of Young Girl

Girl Tragically Died After Her Scarf Became Trapped In Go-Karting Accident

30.10.2013

Dave Grimshaw, Press Officer | 0114 274 4397

The Go-Karting company responsible for a Cambridgeshire raceway has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules following the death of a teenage girl who died in a karting accident.

Suzanne Cornwell, 18, from Hardwick, tragically died after her scarf became trapped in a Go-kart in December 2009.

Paul Shinn, manager at the time and Peterborough Raceway Ltd both pleaded guilty to safety breaches.

They will be sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on the 4th of November.

Miss Cornwell was taking part in an out-of-hours go-karting session, when her scarf became tangled in the axle of her kart.

When the East of England ambulance service arrived, they had said Miss Cornwell was unconscious at the time of arrival and had suffered “critical” neck injuries. She died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, the following day.

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) prosecuted the firm under health and safety legislation, following a police investigation and inquest.

The council said the safety briefings they provided to the public were inadequate and there were not enough track marshals on duty.

Safety risk and effective health assessments had not been carried out, investigators said.
In addition, the premises and equipment were "generally in a poor condition".

Mick Martin, SCDC's cabinet member for environmental services, described Miss Cornwell's death as a "tragic accident".

He added: "There were very clear shortcomings from the company in their practices."

After the accident, Peterborough Raceway Ltd closed the track in Caxton and no longer operates the site.