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Texting Driver Susan Noble Jailed Over Death
Police are again warning drivers not to use mobile phones while on the road, after a woman was jailed for three years for causing the death of a man while texting.
Susan Noble, 29, of Armthorpe, Doncaster, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court for causing the death by dangerous driving of Alexandru Braninski, 25, in December 2011. She had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Mr Braninski, a Romanian, suffered traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on the northbound carriageway of the A19 near Northallerton.
The car in which he was travelling was stationary because of a puncture at the time of the crash and Mr Braninski was standing behind it while the wheel was being changed.
Noble's car crashed into him, pushing the stationary car into a field at the side of the road.
It was found that she had been texting a friend at the time of the crash.
As well as receiving three years' imprisonment, Noble was also 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 judgment.
"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.
"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."
what do you think?
A clear message should've been a longer sentence. It's an insult to the life ltaken and a family grieving!
Should of been life
So you've never used your phone while driving before? This is clearly tragic but Im sure she's not celebrating the outcome now. Get real.
Steve, somehow you seem to be excusing drivers who use a mobile while driving on the grounds that because people do it we have to accept it. Maybe you will "get real" if a member of your family was killed by a texting driver.
I had a woman slam in the back of my car whilst I was waiting at a junction. She had been texting and kept screaming "I didn't see you"
Funny I had the same excuse when a lady ran into the back of my 44 ton lorry . I said to her how big do I have to be.
Happymike chester did she drive a silver four by four
No it was a old banger (car that is) we changed details only scratched the trailer cross bar ,car a right off . I told her to scrap car and do not tell insurance save her no claims. The boss agreed.
It won't stop people as they think it will never happen. If you signal to people about using them you usually get a rude gesture An almost unenforceable law!!
I was just calculating the other day, how if you are driving at 60 mph and look at a text message for ten seconds, you can miss 300 metres of road, I think. Similarly, if you are travelling at 15 mph and look at a text message for 10 seconds, you can miss 50 metres of road or half a 100 metre race distance. So, even 5 seconds at 15 mph and you've missed 25 metres of road. I don't know if I calculated correctly but it still adds up to the same matter of speed and distance missed. Very incredible numbers which most people ignore.
If your statistics are right (which i believe that they are) they should incorporate them into a advert. It sounds so much more dangerous put that way and more people will take heed.
What do you do for fun Adrian?
There are many out there doing the same texting ,on the mobile and taking photo`s while driving apart from costing you 3 points on your licence can land you in gaol.
3 points ain't enough...
Also deprive someone of their life
Once again people think it is a divine right to drive.Should have got 15 to 20 years for taking a life.
Only 3 years...and this is meant to send a message?
No Dave its not to send a message. That's a normal sentence for somethin similar. U think this is the first case of its type?