Text messaging driver causes death by dangerous driving

7 January 2013

A woman has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Susan Noble, 29, of Armthorpe, Doncaster, was travelling in a Ford Fiesta on the A19 near Northallerton at 9.10pm on Tuesday 27 December 2011, when she struck a Skoda Octavia, which was stationary at the side of the road.

Alexandru Braninski, 25, a Romanian national had sustained a puncture to one of his tyres, suffered traumatic injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene on the north-bound carriageway between the A684 and the A172.

Susan Noble was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court today (Monday 7 January 2013)  after she pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of, in a collision




Mr Braninski, who was a passenger in the Skoda, was stood behind the vehicle while the wheel was being changed when the Fiesta collided with him and pushed the Skoda into a field at the side of the road.

The police secured clear evidence that Noble was using a mobile phone to exchange text messages with a friend.

As well as receiving three years’ imprisonment, Noble has also been disqualified from driving for six years and will have to take an extended driving test.

Traffic Sergeant John Lumbard, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said:

Susan Noble has fully accepted that she is responsible for the tragic death of Mr Braninski due to a serious error of judgement.

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.

Ideally you should turn phones off while you are driving so that you are not distracted by an unexpected call. However, If you must use a phone while on the move, it is essential that you use a hands free kit.

As well as leaving one man dead, the collision has left a family grieving for their loss and a young woman with the knowledge that she is responsible for his untimely death.


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