St Austell's Lewis Foster sentenced over mother's death

Lewis Foster
Image caption Lewis Foster admitted careless driving while under the influence of alcohol

A teenager who admitted causing the death of his mother while driving carelessly has been sent to a young offenders institution.

Lewis Foster, 19, of Dobell Road, St Austell, admitted careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Truro Crown Court heard he and his mother, Deborah Jones, argued before the car lurched and reversed into her.

Foster was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institution and banned from driving for four years.

'Spoil everything'

He also admitted driving without a valid driving licence or insurance and must pass an extended test before he can resume driving.

The court heard the mother and son had argued in July over the amount of alcohol he had drunk.

Foster went to his Saxo car and revved it while Mrs Jones placed her hands on the windscreen and said "stop or you will spoil everything".

As she moved to the rear side of the car it reversed suddenly and crushed the 47-year-old.

Defending, Piers Norsworthy, said Foster was unaware his mother was behind the car and there remained speculation about how the loss of control occurred.

Judge David Ticehurst told Foster that had he not been so drunk, and probably in a temper, the tragedy would not have occurred.

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