Sible Hedingham: Fatal crash driver is given two-year ban
A DRIVER whose car crash caused the death of her boyfriend has been told by a judge that she will have to live with her “agonies of remorse” for a long time.
The accident happened in Sible Hedingham when Jayme Mann, then 18, was driving her Renault Clio “a bit too fast” for the bend, the court had been told.
Her car left the road and struck trees on Delvin End, Halstead, on May 8, 2010, killing Lee Dipino, 20, of Summerfields in Sible Hedingham.
Mann, now 21, of Butlers Way in Great Yeldham, was found guilty by a jury last month of causing his death by careless driving.
She was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday and disqualified from driving for two years, handed a 12-month community order with 12-months supervision and 240-hours of unpaid work.
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She was also told that she will have to take a re-test before she can drive again. Judge David Turner QC, sitting at Chelmsford Crown Court, told Mann: “The speed was not excessive in itself but was excessive for that junction in those conditions.
“You were going a bit too fast to maintain proper control of your vehicle and of your steering and when you began to lose control the situation was very likely compounded by a failure to brake sufficiently, or at all, and by probable over-steering.
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“The smallest error, as here, taking a corner a bit too fast, led to terrible consequences.”
He added: “You have been punished already to a significant degree by the loss of your dear friend and you mourn him, like other people in this court.
“You have suffered and will continue to suffer for a long time to come agonies of remorse.”
Turning to Mr Dipino’s relatives in court, the judge said: “I have nothing but sympathy for Lee’s family and friends in their great loss.
“Lee’s was a bright and promising life that has been cut short and he is mourned.
“It’s natural there should be feelings of resentment and even anger towards the defendant.”
Mr Dipino’s sister Keeley said in a statement read to the court: “The feeling of losing my brother, especially at a young age, is something hard to put into words.
“Speaking on behalf of the family, I can say we miss Lee dearly.”