Wiltshire woman, 27, jailed for crash death

Eleanor Brown
Image caption Brown taught classics at St John's School in Marlborough

A 27-year-old woman has been jailed for causing the death of a motorcyclist by dangerous driving in Wiltshire.

Lee Roberts, 35, was killed in a head-on collision with a car driven by Eleanor Brown at Cannings Cross, near Devizes, in October 2010.

Brown, a teacher from Marlborough, was jailed for 20 months and banned from driving for three years at Swindon Crown Court.

Brown taught classics at St John's School in Marlborough.

The court heard that the 27-year-old was driving to work when she moved into oncoming traffic to overtake a van near Stanton St Bernard and collided with Mr Roberts, killing him instantly.

The court heard Brown, of Holts Row in Marlborough, had been given a fixed-penalty notice for a previous driving incident when she overtook on a left-hand bend, crossing double white lines.

'Momentary lapse'

Michael Duck QC, defending, said she had been very badly affected by what happened, and re-lived the incident "every day of her life".

He added that her actions had been a "momentary lapse" and a "few seconds of misjudgement".

Image caption Mr Roberts was father to Nathaniel, seven, and two-year-old Scarlett

Sentencing her, Judge Field said: "I am satisfied you were in no great rush, you had plenty of time to make your journey.

"Your driving presented a significant risk of danger.

"Your remorse is such that I am satisfied it will stay with you for the rest of your life."

Speaking outside court, Mr Roberts' sister Laura Evans said it was "truly sad" that his children Nathaniel, seven, and two-year-old Scarlett would never know their father.

"Eleanor has devastated our lives completely," she said.

"She has no idea and no matter what she is going through, she has no comprehension of the devastation she has caused to us, it really has been horrific.

"I wouldn't wish it on anybody else and if this stops one other person making that manoeuvre, choosing to make that manoeuvre, then it has to be a good thing that she has gone to prison.

"As a family we are satisfied with the sentence although it would never have been enough and will never bring Lee back, but at least justice has been done."

Mr Roberts's widow Becky Roberts told the BBC that her husband was "a real family man".

"He lived for his children and he adored them. He had a fantastic sense of humour and lived life to the full.

"We're hoping that this last milestone will allow us to continue with the grieving process, and put closure on this horrendous ordeal and move forward with our lives."

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