Thirteen-year-old Hope Fennell was killed by a lorry while cycling home

Hope Fennell was hit by a truck whilst on her bike Credit: ITV News Central

The mother of a schoolgirl who died after being hit by a truck has called for stronger penalties for drivers caught texting.

Thirteen-year-old Hope Fennell was killed by a lorry while cycling home from school in November 2011.

Hope's mother says she feels let down by the judicial system, after the lorry driver Darren Foster, 38, was given a jail sentence of six months.

In a corner of King's Heath High Street, a ghostly white bike marks the spot where Hope Fennell lost her life.

Last Foster he was given a six month sentence, two months for dangerous driving, and four for perverting the course of justice.

A sentence, Hope's mother finds difficult to understand. Nazan Fennell said:

Hope's mother Nazan Fennell Credit: ITV News Central

The law is definitely too soft on people who do drive and text, and that doesn't give out a good message, it does not, people just think like in my daughter's case - two months for a life. It feels like an insult to my family.

On that November day two years ago Hope Fennell started riding her bike over a pedestrian crossing.

As she crossed the road, Darren Foster pulled away, at a green light, but he didn't see the teenager riding out in front of him.

Minutes before Hope was hit by the lorry, Foster had been texting his girlfriend.

Afterwards Foster deleted them.

A ghost bike at the scene of Hope's death Credit: ITV News Central

The judge concluded Foster was not responsible for Hope's death because he had not seen her and the traffic lights were green.

But he had sent text messages up to a minute before Hope died, and a deleted text message, the judge said was a "very serious offence".

He was sentenced to a total of six months, two for dangerous driving and four months for perverting the course of justice.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, starting from February this year.

But campaigners are now calling for an immediate ban for drivers caught texting.

Esther Boyd from the National Cycling Charity said:

There is no way that you can be concentrating on the road at the time when you are texting, and I think texting even in any sort of vehicle in any small car, it should result in a complete and total ban.

Nazan Fennell says she will keep on fighting for a change in the law

A campaign in Hope's name.