Norfolk woman who killed pensioner by speeding is spared jail by judge at Old Bailey in London
PUBLISHED: 17:42 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 20:04 21 August 2017
A chocolate maker killed a pensioner when she checked to see how far over the 30mph speed limit she was, a court heard.
Jessica Wells, 22, of Swaffham Road, Wendling, near Dereham, spotted a speed camera as she weaved in and out of traffic and looked down at her dashboard which showed she was doing 44mph.
At that moment Ian Rose, 80, was getting off a bus in Eltham Road, Blackheath, south east London and Wells crashed into him.
Prosecutor Nicola Merrick said: “About 100 metres before the collision she overtook a lorry on her inside and shortly after that she undertook a learner driver on her outside.
“The overtaking manoeuvre took place about 87 or so metres short of the collision with Mr Rose.
“She was travelling somewhere short of 44 miles per hour.
“She noticed a speed camera. It seems Ms Wells looked at the speed camera and checked her speed.
“That point of distraction was where, sadly, she collided with Mr Rose.”
Wells was also injured and took full responsibility for the collision when interviewed in hospital, Old Bailey heard.
Mr Rose was heading to his home on Raven’s Way when the accident happened in March last year.
Wells admitted causing death by careless driving.
On Monday she was sentenced to four months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.
The court heard she works as a full-time production assistant for a vegan chocolate company, and is a person of “impeccable character” who felt “deeply remorseful” for her actions.
“This knowledge and the guilt of something that she did is a thought she has to live with every day of her life,” defence counsel Alexandra Tampakopoulos said.
Judge Philip Katz QC told Wells: “I accept you have from the word go shown a considerable degree of remorse.
“It’s clear to me you are a sympathetic and compassionate young woman.
“You are very conscious of the fact you have taken somebody’s life, a fact you will have to live with for the rest of your life.
“It seems to me I will cause more damage than justice requires if I sentence you to prison.”