York & North Yorkshire

Driver given suspended sentenced over Selby death crash

The learner driver of a car involved in a fatal crash in North Yorkshire has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Carly Smith, 15, died and seven others, including three children and a baby, were hurt in the collision at Chapel Haddlesey, near Selby, in August 2012.

Chantelle Smith, 27, of Burn Caravan Park, Burn Selby, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Leeds Crown Court.

She was given a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years.

Smith was also banned from driving for two years, ordered to take an extended driving test and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

A Ford Focus and a Vauxhall Astra driven by Smith, had collided at about 20:15 BST on 13 August.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed Chantelle Smith was a learner driver at the time of the accident.

In a statement the family of Carly Smith, who was also known to them as "Beanie" said: "We want to thank all the people who tried to help Beanie on the night of the crash."

The family said the conclusion of the court case "has formed some closure for us all, by someone accepting responsibility for their actions leading to Beanie's death.

"Beanie will always live on for us in our hearts and thoughts."

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