Woman, 73, sentenced for killing mother and baby in crash

The burnt out Ford Ka
Image caption The Ford caught fire when it was hit by the Renault

A 73-year-old woman has been given a suspended prison sentence for causing the death of a mother and toddler in a crash in Oxfordshire.

Sally Rundle, of Oxford Road, Bodicote, was also banned for life from driving.

Eleanor Bongers, 33, from Oxford, died four days after the crash between a Ford Ka and a Renault Clio on the A4260 in Tackley on 20 December 2009.

Her 19-month-old son Joseph Gipps died in hospital four months after the collision.

Rundle admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and at Oxford Crown Court was given a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years.

Police said Rundle's Renault had veered across the carriageway and crashed head-on into a car driven by Richard Gipps, who was in the car with his partner Ms Bongers and their son, who was 15 months old at the time.

The impact of the crash caused the Ford to catch on fire and Mr Gipps, along with people who stopped to help, managed to get them both out of the car.

Ms Bonger was freed from the vehicle moments before the car burnt out. She died on Christmas Eve and Joseph died on 5 May 2010.

Rundle was also sentenced to 150 hours' unpaid work.

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