Penparc man sentenced for causing death by careless driving

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A mentor at Coleg Ceredigion has been sentenced for causing the death of a mother of two by careless driving.

Danny Lewis, 41, from Penparc near Cardigan, was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 250 unpaid work on Friday.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months.

Judge Philip Richards told Swansea crown court he took the view that Lewis had moved out of a line of traffic to see if it was safe to overtake and saw Joan Patricia Morris coming towards him at the last moment.

Lewis applied the brakes so fiercely that the front wheels locked and his Ford Focus slid further across the road and into Mrs Morris' 125cc scooter, killing her instantly.

Lewis had denied both charges.

Judge Richards said that while convictions for causing death by driving without due care and attention sometimes led to prison sentences, this was not such a case.

Lewis had been on his way to work at the college's Aberystwyth campus on March 2 last year when the accident happened on the A487 south of Llanon.

The jury took four and a half hours of deliberation before reaching the unanimous verdicts.

Judge Richards said it was a tragic case.

"The loss of Mrs Morris to her family and friends must be immense," he said.

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