Texting driver jailed for death

Police have warned motorists not to use mobile phones while driving after a Doncaster woman who crashed and killed a man as she sent a text message was jailed for three years.

Susan Noble, 29, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving.

She had pleaded to causing the death of Alexandru Braninski, 25, in a crash near Northallerton in December 2011.

Mr Braninski was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crashed involved a Skoda Octavia, which was stationary at the side of the road with a puncture and a Ford Fiesta driven by Noble.

Mr Braninski was standing behind the car when the Fiesta hit with him and pushed the Skoda into a field at the side of the road.

Evidence showed Noble was using a mobile phone to send text messages to a friend.

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.

– Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, North Yorkshire Police