A woman who crashed a van into a house killing its 90-year-old resident has been sentenced to four years in prison and has been disqualified from driving for six years.
Tracy Bibby, 35, was already banned from driving at the time she crashed a Ford Transit van into Joan Woodier’s house on Yeolands Drive, Clevedon in April last year.
The van was left embedded in the front wall of the house which collapsed onto Mrs Woodier as she spoke to her son on the phone.
Bibby, of Rushmore, Clevedon, denied causing death by dangerous driving but was convicted following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
She was also convicted of causing death by driving while disqualified.
The jury heard Bibby had been at The Crab Apple pub moments before the incident.
The pub’s CCTV captured her getting into the van on the driver’s side, while a witness told the court she spoke to Bibby through the window as she sat behind the wheel before she pulled away.
In her defence, Bibby claimed she had switched places with one of the other three passengers in the vehicle after driving away from the pub and that she wasn’t responsible for the crash.
Several of Mrs Woodier’s neighbours came out of their homes after hearing the collision to see if they could help.
One neighbour told the jury how she overheard Bibby telling one of the van’s passengers “it wasn’t my fault, he made me drive”, referring to another of those who had been inside the vehicle at the time.
A police forensic collision investigator later examined the scene and concluded the van had driven into the house at a speed between 32mph and 40mph. The road’s speed limit is 30mph.