News: Talented student dies after businessman crashes into back of car on A1

News: Talented student dies after businessman crashes into back of car on A1

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

A talented student was killed after a driver went into the back of her car sending it into the path of an oncoming lorry, a court has heard.

Rachel Scholey had been on her way home from Anglia Ruskin University when she was hit from behind by a 4×4 on the A1 at Long Bennington on December 6, 2017.

The impact of the collision caused her Peugeot 107 to rotate from the outside lane across to the inside lane in front of an oncoming Scania lorry.

Ms Scholey, a skilled musician who was on a postgraduate course, suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash and passed away three weeks later in hospital.

 

A jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard that the driver of the 4×4, Simon Mountney failed to adjust his speed after the student suddenly slowed down on the unlit section of road.

Simon Mountney, 54, of Longleat Avenue, Bridlington, admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving.

He was given a 12 month community order with 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,760 prosecution costs.

He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to pass an extended re-test before he can drive again.

A1 Long Bennington
A1 Long Bennington
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Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, said: “If he was paying attention to the road ahead it should have been obvious that the gap between him  and the Peugeot was closing and he should have adjusted his speed accordingly.”

The judge said that sentencing guidelines placed the offence in the least serious category because there were no aggravating features involved such as speeding or use of a mobile phone.

“You are of good character and have 35 years driving without incident barring a speeding incident for which you attended a speed awareness course.

“You misjudged the speed of Miss Scholey’s car and didn’t adjust your speed. Where the level of carelessness is low and there are no aggravating factors even the fact that death has occurred is not sufficient to justify a prison sentence.”

Alistair MacDonald QC, for Mountney, told the court that his client braked as soon as he realized the Peugeot was slowing down.

Mr MacDonald said “He is a man of good character. He has provided employment in his company which was set up by his father. It now employs people in locations as widespread as Bridlington and Burton on Trent.

“He had up to the point of this an exemplary driving record. He attended a speed awareness course but apart from that he has been without blemish.”

A Go-fund-me was set up in memory of Ms Scholey, which can be found here



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