A COURT was told that a man charged with causing the death of a woman following a crash on the Ilminster Bypass last year allegedly fell asleep at the wheel of his car.

Benjamin James French Bowman, 48, of West Street, Dunster, appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates, sitting at Yeovil.

He was charged that on July 7, 2015, on the A303 Ilminster Bypass he caused the death of Laura Barbosa Garrido by driving an Isuzu Trooper vehicle dangerously.

Prosecutor Christine Hart said it was the Crown’s case the defendant fell asleep while at the wheel of his car and caused the collision as a result.

Bowman did not enter a plea to the allegation. Magistrates adjourned the case until September 19 when he must appear before a preliminary hearing at Taunton Crown Court.