Son blames himself after banned driver jailed for killing 90-year-old mum
24 May 2019, 14:56 | Updated: 24 May 2019, 15:44
A banned driver who crashed a van into a house killing a 90-year-old woman inside has been jailed for four years.
Tracy Bibby lost control of the Ford Transit before it smashed through the front of Joan Woodier's home at around 40mph.
The van was left embedded in the front wall of the house, which collapsed on Mrs Woodier as she spoke to her son Alan on 18 April last year.
Bibby, of Clevedon, north Somerset, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while driving while disqualified following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
In a victim impact statement, Mrs Woodier's son said the date of the incident "will never be forgotten".
"I cannot get out of my mind the indescribable noise on the phone followed by deathly silence," he told the court.
"After making a further three or four calls I sensed something was wrong so jumped into my car and arrived at mum's to be greeted by the blue flashing lights of the emergency services.
"I knew instantly mum had been killed, I knew where she would have been sat in relation to the impact and knew she was dead.
"I live with the regret that if I had not called her that day, at that time, then maybe she would still be with us."
Judge Michael Cullum jailed Bibby for four years and imposed an extended driving disqualification of six years.
The court heard the 35-year-old had previously been banned from driving in 2006 and in 2016, when she was handed a three-year disqualification order.
"Because of your disqualification, you shouldn't have been driving that van at all," the judge said.
"The degree of the impact on the house was very significant. Mrs Woodier was effectively killed under the rubble."
Bibby had earlier been caught on CCTV getting into the van on the driver's side.
She claimed she had then switched places with one of the passengers in the vehicle.
A police forensic collision investigation concluded that the van had driven into the house at between 32mph and 40mph.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said Bibby's speed was "inappropriate for the conditions".
"The inference is she was showing off, whether it was making the van 'dance' or driving like a racing driver," she said.
Speaking after the verdict, Avon and Somerset Police collision investigation officer Tony Hall said Bibby had "consistently refused to take responsibility for her actions".
"She sought to blame someone else, even though all the evidence pointed to her being the one behind the wheel," he said.
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