Woman gets driving ban after incident which left man dead

Samantha Pitcher Credit: Suffolk Police

A Suffolk woman has been banned from driving for two years after she was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard that Samantha Pitcher, 28, from Lowestoft, may have received texts from her mobile phone while driving, shortly before she hit two pedestrians.

Pitcher had been driving her Renault Megane car along Yarmouth Road in Lowestoft just before 9pm on 18 February last year when she hit two pedestrians crossing the road.

David Wright, 74 from Gainsborough Drive, Lowestoft had been crossing the road with his wife, after having a meal at the Foxburrow pub.

Mr Wright was pronounced dead at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

Mrs Wright sustained what were described as life changing injuries and received treatment at the James Paget Hospital where she remained for three months.

The Judge today sentenced Pitcher to an 18 month community order, 240 hours unpaid work and disqualified her from driving for 2 years.

Speaking after sentencing Sergeant Bob Patterson from Suffolk Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team said: "In this case we were able to provide evidence that Samantha Pitcher had received a text on her mobile phone around the time of the collision.

"Without providing any explanation as to why she collided with Mr and Mrs Wright, it is possible she may have been distracted and now has to live with these consequences."