Woman sentenced for causing death by careless driving
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A WOMAN was today (Friday, October 9) sentenced for her part in a road traffic collision in Northamptonshire in which her cousin was fatally injured.
Lucy Barnes, aged 19, appeared before Northampton Crown Court to be sentenced for causing death by careless driving, an offence she admitted at an earlier hearing before magistrates last month.
Judge Rupert Mayo was told Barnes was at the wheel of her Vauxhall Corsa when the fatal collision happened on the A5, at the Bugbrooke junction, south of Weedon, on September 25 last year.
Her cousin, Emillia Phillips, a rear seat passenger in the vehicle was given first aid at the scene, initially by other motorists, before being transferred to University Hospital Coventry where she died the following day.
Barnes was taken with her then 15-year-old brother William to Northampton General Hospital where they were later discharged.
The driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision suffered fractures to his vertebrae and other bones.
Sentencing her to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, Judge Mayo warned Barnes he would have jailed her for 18 months had she not pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.
The defendant was further ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for three years after which she will be required to sit an extended re-test if she wants to drive again.
Speaking outside court, DC Ady Tredwell from Northamptonshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This has been a tragic case and nobody is going to be able to bring back Emillia who was just 16 at the time of this awful crash.
“This has been a harrowing year for the families of both the victim and the driver, but I do hope today’s verdict will bring some closure for all concerned.”