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Motorist jailed for killing teenager while looking for cloth to wipe his windscreen

Zoltan Ferencz was jailed for 27 months . Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A motorist who struck and killed a teenage girl while looking for a cloth to wipe his windscreen has been jailed for 27 months. Zoltan Ferencz, 23, was distracted and did not see 15-year-old Silvia Diaz Sanz and her friend using a pedestrian crossing.

Both girls were struck by Ferencz's car as they correctly crossed the Greenway Road in Taunton, Somerset last December. Silvia suffered fatal injuries and died at Musgrove Park Hospital the following day.

Her 16-year-old friend sustained arm and leg injuries. The defendant, of Cheddon Road, Taunton pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving; causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a vehicle while uninsured. He was jailed by a judge at Taunton Crown Court.

"This court case should send a strong message to all motorists to take care and not to be distracted when driving. Clean your windscreen before you set off and don't allow your concentration or driving to lapse when on the move.

"Remember, it only takes a moment to take a life. In this case, the teenagers were using the crossing correctly but became the victims of a momentary lapse in concentration of the driver, who was at fault."

– Ch Insp Kevan Rowlands, Avon & Somerset Police

"In memory of our beloved daughter and sister who was taken from us because of an irresponsible action. She is greatly missed but never forgotten and we always pray for her soul.

"We are thankful for the 15 years we had Silvia among us with her beauty, healthiness and sensitivity to other's feelings.

"Siempre viviras en nuestros corazones. Descansa en paz - you will always live in our hearts. Rest in peace."

– Statement from Silvia's family