Case Study

Careless driver who lied in court jailed for causing pensioner's death (March 2012)

A young woman who killed a fit and active great-grandfather after she took a bend on the wrong side of the road as she was on her way to work has been jailed.

Shelbie Ellis had pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to causing the death of 86-year-old Eugene Collins in March 2012 by dangerous driving.

Mr Collins, of Foxwood Crescent, Coventry, died about six weeks after Ellis had driven head-on into his car on a bend in New Road, Ash Green.

Both immediately after the tragic crash and in two police interviews Ellis tried to put the blame for the crash on Mr Collins, who she claimed was on her side of the road. But at a further hearing her barrister asked for the indictment to be put again, and she pleaded guilty to an alternative offence of causing Mr Collins’ death by careless driving.

The fact that she tried to blame the victim for the crash was considered an aggravating factor in sentencing.

Ellis, aged 22, of Grove Lane, Keresley End, was jailed for six months, of which she will serve half, and was banned from driving for 12 months, after which she will have to take an extended driving test to get her licence back.

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