A SHIPTON Bellinger woman who crashed head-on with a car while trying to overtake traffic on the A36 has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Lee Whitwell, 48, had been on trial at Winchester Crown Court last week and was found guilty of the charge on Friday.

The charge relates to a collision close to the Heytesbury roundabout of the A36 on the evening of January 27, 2019.

Police say that Whitwell, who was driving a white Volkswagen Touran, was travelling eastbound and had overtaken traffic, meaning she was on the wrong side of the carriageway.

She collided head-on with a Kia Picanto travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver, a 28-year-old woman, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Designated Investigation Officer Darren Turner said: "The past 18 months have been a tremendously difficult time for the family of the woman who died and I would like to offer them my heartfelt condolences.

"Today's (July 24) verdict brings to a close a lengthy and detailed investigation.

"Here at the police we work hard to educate motorists about the importance of road safety and this case highlights how quickly a loss of concentration or a misjudgement of driving can have tragic consequences."

Whitwell has been released on bail and is due to be sentenced on August 24.