Wendy Thompson, 53, is now facing jail time after being found guilty for death by dangerous driving.
She crashed into a man’s car, distracted by her cell phone, killing him. Thompson is being jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty. She said she would carry the guilt of what she did “for the rest of her life.”
The man killed was a pensioner, Rodney Lewis aged 84. He and his wife stopped to help their grandson, whose Ford Fiesta broke down. They were trying to call a recovery vehicle when Thompson’s cart hit them. Mr. Lewis died from his injuries and Mrs. Lewis suffered from a shattered pelvis and broken hip.
Thompson was distracted by her mobile phone. She was trying to wish her friend a happy birthday on the social media platform, Facebook.
When she first got into the accident, she said that she was just trying to charge her phone, but when police got involved in the matter, she told the truth about the crash.
After her jail sentence, she would not be able to drive for 10 years.
An investigator found Thompson, from Barnetby, would have had enough time to see the stationary vehicle and avoid the crash if she had not been distracted.
Tahir Khan QC, defending, said Thompson admitted her responsibility and would carry the guilt “for the rest of her life”. Thompson was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving and 15 months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, to run concurrently. She was disqualified from driving for 10 years.