Ban for death crash driver

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A USAF staff sergeant caused the fatal crash in which a man died, a court heard.

Candice Griffin, 25, of Friesian Close, Beck Row, failed to see an oncoming car when she pulled out of RAF Mildenhall onto West Row Road in October last year.

On Thursday Ipswich Crown Court heard that Griffin, who had arrived in the UK just two months earlier, hit a Peugeot car driven by Alison Newell.

The collision pushed the Peugeot into the path of a car driven by David Rolfe, 75, who suffered fatal chest and neck injuries. He was not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt and the airbag in his car failed to deploy, said prosecutor Michael Crimp.

After being hit by Griffin’s car, Ms Newell realised a second impact was going to take place. “I had no time other than to think that this is going to hurt,” she said.

Griffin admitted causing death by careless driving. Mitigating, Joanne Eley said Griffin had expressed considerable remorse and accepted that the collision was her fault.

“She cannot forgive herself. She is a young woman and this will, of course, live with her for ever.”

Ordering Griffin to complete 100 hours unpaid work, banning her from driving for a year and to pay £1,500 costs, Judge John Holt described the incident as a tragedy, which had resulted from momentary inattention on Griffin’s part.