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#1 OFFLINE   kenworthy


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:28 am

Death crash driver was sending a text messageA woman has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in North Yorkshire.
Susan Noble, 29, of Armthorpe, Doncaster, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court yesterday after she pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of Alexandru Braninski, 25, a Romanian national, in a collision on the A19 near Northallerton at 9.10pm on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.
Mr Braninski suffered traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on the north bound carriageway between the A684 and the A172.

The collision involved a Skoda Octavia, which had stopped at the side of the road because of a tyre puncture and a Ford Fiesta driven by Noble.
Mr Braninski, who was a passenger in the Skoda, was standing behind the vehicle while the wheel was being changed when the Fiesta hit him and pushed the Skoda into a field at the side of the road.
The police secured clear evidence that Noble was using a mobile phone to exchange text messages with a friend.
As well as receiving three years’ imprisonment, Noble has also been disqualified from driving for six years and will have to take an extended driving test.

Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “Susan Noble has fully accepted that she is responsible for the death of Mr Braninski due to a serious error of judgement.
“I want this tragedy to send a very clear message to drivers that using mobile phones while driving can and does lead to horrific consequences.
“As well as leaving one man dead, the collision has left a family grieving for their loss and a young woman with the knowledge that she is responsible for his untimely death.”
No one seems to learn, we have seen this on TV before, and quite frankly 3 years does not seem long enough. 
Story of Victoria McBride RIP!!

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Edited by kenworthy, 08 January 2013 - 11:31 am.

#2 OFFLINE   marralass


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:09 pm

3 years is certainly not enough, neither is a 6 year ban.

Does the ban only start once she leaves prison?

Is there any reason in law why people can't be charged with manslaughter where they cause a death by their bad driving or is it just CPS policy not to bring that charge for motoring offences?

#3 OFFLINE   Sub-seven


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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:53 pm

In 2004 in Scotland a charge of "Culpable Homicide" was libelled by the PF in a case where a driver killed three people - he got eleven years.



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Posted 08 January 2013 - 06:33 pm

Yeah, I don't think these sentences are enough, neither is it tough enough when they are caught using a mobile whilst driving.

3 points and a FPN doesn't seem to ring home about how dangerous this is, personally I think drivers should get 5 points, a larger fine, made to go on a driver awareness course to highlight the dangers and possibly even a short driving ban.

Maybe just then these people will get the message.


Here is another video clip about the tragic death of a young woman who was killed by a lorry driver when using his mobile phone when driving.



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