Texting death crash driver jailed

A MOTORIST who sent and received more than 20 text messages before she hit and killed another motorist has been jailed for 21 months.

A MOTORIST who sent and received more than 20 text messages before she hit and killed another motorist has been jailed for 21 months.

Philippa Curtis, 21, of The Street, Icklingham, near Bury St Edmunds, was found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of Victoria McBryde, 24, of Horton, Northamptonshire following a trial at Oxford Crown Court in December.

It emerged she had sent and received the text messages before she hit the back of a stationary car at 70mph, killing its driver.

Curtis had been on her way to stay with her boyfriend in Oxford on November 20, 2007, when she collided with Miss McBryde's Peugeot 106 on the A40, near Wheatley.

Miss McBryde, who had stopped to deal with a burst tyre, was pronounced dead from a brain injury after her car was forced off the road and on to a piece of concrete.