CARDIFF: A driver has admitted causing the death of a 22-year-old woman in a collision in Cardiff. Sophie Taylor, 22, from Llandaff , died following a collision in the early hours of Monday, August 22, in which her black BMW 1 Series collided with a block of flats at the junction of Meteor Street and Moira Street in the Adamsdown area of the city. Michael Wheeler, 22, of Harlech Road, Rumney, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and to causing serious injury by dangerous driving during a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday. Wheeler, dressed in a grey tracksuit, also denied charges of fraud by false representation, intimidation, and dangerous driving in relation to a separate incident. Prosecutor Matthew Cobb said the Crown did not accept the not guilty pleas and asked for a trial to proceed. Wheeler has been remanded in custody to appear for trial on April 24.
Second defendant Melissa Pesticcio, 23, did not enter pleas at the hearing, as her barrister Christopher Rees indicated that an application would be made for his client to be dismissed from proceedings. Pesticcio, of Llanrumney, Cardiff, dressed in a black coat, white scarf and black rimmed glasses, was bailed to appear at the application hearing on February 10. A third defendant, Lewis Hall, 18, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after he told police that he was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the incident where Miss Taylor died when he was not. Hall, of Whitmuir Road, Tremorfa, Cardiff, dressed in a black suit and white shirt, was bailed and will be sentenced on January 9. In a tribute issued through police following her death , Miss Taylor’s family said: “We have lost our beautiful princess Sophie. She will forever be in our hearts as the caring and loving person she is. We will miss you.” At her daughter’s funeral in September Miss Taylor’s mother Jackie said: “Sophie we will miss you forever, your memory will be with us for all time and I just cannot believe you are gone. “I just cannot understand and I don’t believe it. I think I just don’t want to believe it. “Goodbye our beautiful princess, sleep tight.”