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'Dozing' driver jailed for killing pair at Plymouth bus stop

Teresa Sant Image copyright PAul Slater
Image caption Teresa Sant was also banned from driving for five years

A motorist has been jailed for four years after killing two women who she ploughed into with her car.

Teresa Sant, 58, of Fort Austin Avenue, Plymouth, knocked down 42-year-old Victoria Hodge, and 60-year-old Marie-Helene Gieblen in May last year.

Sant, a grandmother, "dozed off" at the wheel before she hit the women, who had just got off a bus in Plymouth.

During the trial Plymouth Crown Court heard Sant had previously fallen asleep on several occasions.

She shook and sobbed in the dock as she was jailed and banned from driving for five years.

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In a victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Hodge's 80-year-old mother said she could not forgive Mrs Sant.

"Our lives have been devastated by her death, and all through the actions of one person," she said.

Image caption Teresa Sant "dozed off" before hitting the women in Torr Lane, Plymouth

Judge Paul Darlow said: "We may never know for sure why the accident happened, but it is my view that you momentarily fell asleep."

He said the sadness felt by her family and friends who were in court paled into insignificance when compared to the sadness of the bereaved.

Acting Sergeant Ian Griffiths, from the Serious Collisions Unit at Devon and Cornwall Police, said outside court the case should serve as "a warning".

He said if drivers had issues with broken sleep patterns or ongoing medical problems "they should face up to these issues and obviously inform the DVLA".

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