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Three Years for driver who killed while texting

News Article, A19 near Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 8 January 2013

A DONCASTER woman has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Susan Noble, 29, of Armthorpe, Doncaster, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court yesterday after she pleaded guilty to causing the death of 25-year-old Alexandru Braninski, in a collision on the A19 near Northallerton, on the evening of 27 December 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 was stationary at the side of the road having sustained a puncture to one of its tyres, and a Ford Fiesta driven by Noble.

Mr Braninski, who was a passenger in the Skoda, was stood behind the vehicle while the wheel was being changed when the Fiesta collided with 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 tragic 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 whilst driving can and does lead to horrific consequences.

"Research from around the world has shown time and time again that this behaviour does cause drivers to lose concentration on the road ahead.

"Ideally you should turn phones off while you are driving so that you are not distracted by an unexpected call. However, If you must use a phone while on the move, it is essential that you use a hands free kit."

TS Lumbard added: "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."





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