Family of Ingoldisthorpe crash victim speaks out after driver is sentenced for causing death by careless driving

PUBLISHED: 11:34 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 11:34 16 April 2014

Stephanie Greenacre, 21, from Jermyn Road, King’s Lynn, at Norwich Crown Court after being sentenced for causing death by careless driving.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Stephanie Greenacre, 21, from Jermyn Road, King’s Lynn, at Norwich Crown Court after being sentenced for causing death by careless driving. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Archant Norfolk.

We don’t blame you: that is the message from the family of a 77-year-old grandmother to the 21-year-old driver who caused her

Irene Curran died following a crash at Ingoldisthorpe. Irene Curran died following a crash at Ingoldisthorpe.

Widow Irene Curran died from multiple injuries sustained in the crash on the B1440 Lynn Road in Ingoldisthorpe.

The mother-of-three and grandmother-of-two from Brent Avenue, Snettisham, was driving a car that was involved in an accident with a car driven by Stephanie Greenacre.

As a result of that collision Mrs Curran’s car smashed head-on with a van travelling in the opposite direction.

Greenacre, from Jermyn Road, King’s Lynn, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after previously admitting causing death by careless driving.

She was sentenced to a 12-month community order, ordered to carry out 140 hours’ unpaid work and disqualified from driving for a year.

Speaking after the hearing, Mark Curran, one of the
victim’s sons, said there was nothing to be gained in blaming Greenacre.

He said: “It’s a tragedy we’ve lost our mum – she was special to us in lots of ways but this is
not the time for apportioning blame.

“There were two tragedies that day. The girl made a mistake and she’s going to have to live with that, as we are, and we hope that she can find closure, as we have to.”

Mr Curran, 46, from Bournemouth, added: “We were not looking for vengeance or revenge but just wanted things to run their course.”

Sentencing Greenacre, Judge Stephen Holt said the fact she was responsible for the victim’s death was something that “will live with you”.

He said that no words would bring any comfort “to those who have lost a well-loved person and a dear mother”.

Judge Holt added that his role was to administer the law set down by parliament and added there will be some who think the guidelines were “too low or too high”.

Lori Tucker, prosecuting, said Greenacre had missed a left hand-turn into Ingoldsby Avenue on the B1440 at about 5pm on December 30, 2012, but turned round before going back to make a right-hand turn into the road when the crash happened.

She said the defendant turned across the path of the approaching Suzuki Ignis being driven by the victim.

She said: “It seems that it was a misjudgment of the distance available, perhaps because it was dark”.

Mrs Tucker said there was no evidence of any speeding or of any vehicle defects that might have contributed to the crash.

Jonathan Morgans, mitigating, said Greenacre, who has no previous convictions and had led “not only a blameless life but a blameless driving life”, until this incident, would carry this for the rest of her life.

He said: “Miss Greenacre is in the dock as a result of a misjudgment and the type of misjudgment that any if us in this court room who are drivers could well have made.”

Mr Morgans said she had real remorse for what she had done and a sense of responsibility.

He added: “All she wants to say is she’s so dreadfully sorry for what’s occurred.”

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