Young woman jailed for causing death by careless driving


A YOUNG woman who used her phone moments before crashing into a car and killing a man has been jailed for seven months.
Katie Foster was driving a Volkswagen Polo when she collided with a Peugeot 206 being driven by 36-year-old Lee Cain near West Auckland in March 2016.
Foster, of Carisbrooke Crescent, Etherley Dene, Bishop Auckland, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing.
Yesterday (Thursday, January 11), she appeared at Durham Crown Court where she was sentenced to seven months in a young offenders’ institution.
The 20-year-old, who was 18 at the time of the incident, was also disqualified for more than 15 months and must pass an extended driving test.
Acting Sergeant Mark Sheppard, from Durham Constabulary, said: “The sentencing brings to a conclusion a lengthy investigation into what was an extremely tragic collision.
“What occurred on Monday, March 21 2016 changed the lives for many people, none more so than the family of Lee Cain who was tragically killed in the incident.
“Hopefully the sentence will provide the family with some closure and allow them to begin rebuilding their lives.
“While we have not been able to show that Foster was using the mobile phone at the time of the crash, we do know she had been using her phone a number of times throughout her journey.
“The result of this highlights how dangerous any distraction to your driving can be, and tragically Lee Cain paid the ultimate price.
“While it’s not clear if Foster was using her phone at the time of the crash, we have been able to show that is caused her a general distraction with catastrophic consequences.
“This incident not only changed the lives of Mr Cain’s family, but also that of a young girl and her family. The events of that day will live with all concerned for many years.
“I hope the sentence highlights the grave consequences of being distracted when driving and will go some way to preventing further incidents of this nature, as well as saving many lives.”