A young driver has been cleared of killing an elderly couple who she hit while talking on her mobile phone.
21-year-old Taylor McDonnell sobbed when she told the jury at Newport Crown Court she only saw 'a flash of colour' before hitting Denis and Joyce Drew.
The couple, who were both 86, were walking arm in arm through the village of Ponthir when the accident happened in November 2013.
McDonnell told the court she was talking to her grandfather on her hands-free speaker phone when she hit the pair, but denied making three calls whilst driving.
McDonnell, who works as a hairdresser, said she couldn't have done anything to avoid the collision, and maintained the elderly couple 'came out of nowhere.'
But prosecuter Lucy Crowther said McDonnell was 'grossly distracted.'
Retired RAF airman Denis and teacher Joyce met on a blind date and had been married for 54 years.
Mrs Drew died of her injuries in the Royal Gwent Hospital just a few hours after the collision, while Mr Drew died six days later. He was too weak to undergo surgery to treat injuries sustained during the accident.
McDonnell, of Caerwent, Monmouthshire, denied two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
After eight hours of deliberation by the jury, she was cleared of both counts.