Lincolnshire

Binbrook driver caused woman's death weeks after passing test

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Image caption Joseph Thompson pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court

A man who admitted causing the death of a 79-year-old woman by careless driving just 24 days after passing his test has been given a suspended sentence.

Joseph Thompson, 25, collided with the car Marian Dixon was travelling in after straying onto the wrong side of the B1203 at Swinhope on 28 July.

Mrs Dixon suffered fractures to her breast bone and ribs and died two weeks later from a chest infection.

Thompson, from Binbrook, was given a 32 week sentence suspended for a year.

'Desperately sorry'

He was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work, handed a 12-week curfew and banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Thompson suffered two broken knees in the crash and two passengers travelling in his car were also seriously injured.

Mrs Dixon's widow, Christopher, who was driving their car at the time of the crash, suffered two fractured vertebrae and two fractured ribs.

Lincoln Crown Court heard accident investigators concluded half of Thompson's car had strayed across the road before colliding with Mr Dixon's vehicle.

Thompson's barrister, Tom Gent, said his client was "desperately sorry" and accepted "his driving was not up to the standard required."

"His speed wasn't excessive but he clearly made a bad error," said Mr Gent.

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