Woman sentenced after careless fatal collision in Brentwood

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A woman has been sentenced today (24 September) at Wolverhampton Crown Court, after being charged in August, of causing death by careless driving.

Emily Doyle-Gibbons, 20, of Warren Drive, Sedgley, was sentenced by Judge James Burbidge QC to a six month custodial sentence, suspended for two years for causing the death of 59-year-old Malcom Aplin.

The accident occurred along Port Lane towards Brentwood when Doyle-Gibbons’ car drifted into the path of Aplin’s vehicle, causing the collision. Alpin died at the scene.

PC Rob Trow of Staffordshire & West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Miss Doyle-Gibbons failed to show any remorse whatsoever for her actions on that day.”

Doyle-Gibbons’ defense was that a component in her car had failed, causing her to lose control of the car. Specialist examinations of the component on her car proved that it was not the cause of the collision.

PC Rob Trow added: “I would remind all drivers to assess their suitability to drive and their vehicle’s road worthiness.

“These factors are always the responsibility of the driver, for each journey.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Aplin”.

In addition, Doyle-Gibbons was disqualified from driving for five years, sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and was given an undisclosed court surcharge.

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