October 22 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A woman has been sentenced to a 12 month community order and disqualified from driving for a year after admitting causing death by careless driving.
Stephanie Greenacre, 21, from Jermyn Road, King’s Lynn, appeared at Norwich Crown Court today to be sentenced today after previously admitting the offence.
It relates to a three vehicle crash on the B1440 Lynn Road in Ingoldisthorpe at about 5pm on December 30, 2012 in which Irene Curran, a widow who lived in Brent Avenue, Snettisham, died.
Mrs Curran was driving a Suzuki Ignis which was involved in a collision with another car, and as a result of that collision Mrs Curran’s car then collided head-on with another vehicle which was travelling in the opposite direction.
Greenacre, who was dressed in a black suit and light coloured blouse, was ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work as part of the community order.
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 he could say would “bring any comfort to those that 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 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” 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.”