Phone Driver Jailed for Death Crash

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A motorist who was involved in a fatal crash while using a mobile phone was jailed for four years yesterday.

Michael Leach was on a call to his sister when he collided with another car on the wrong side of the road.

His sister heard a loud scream and the sound of the impact as the two vehicles collided virtually head-on.

Leach (29) of Kinnerton Way, Exeter, Devon, was convicted at Exeter Crown Court of causing the death of 67-year-old Jean Evans by dangerous driving.

He was also banned from driving for ten years by Judge Francis Gilbert QC.

Mrs Evans, from Tiverton, Devon, a passenger in a car driven by her husband, David, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on the A30 near Marazanvose in Cornwall in July last year.

Mr Evans, who suffered broken bones in both legs, came to court in a wheelchair and faces investigative surgery next month.

Leach, who suffered only a bruised ankle in the crash, showed no emotion at the verdict.

The judge told Leach he had been convicted on the clearest evidence and said he was prepared to sentence him on the basis that his attention had been distracted by using the phone.

'You did not need to be on the phone that night, there was no emergency, it was not necessary,' he told him. …