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St Austell Teen Who Ran Over Mum Sentenced

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3:57pm 4th February 2013

A St Austell teenager who admits causing his mum's death after reversing a car into her during an argument has been sentenced.

Truro Crown Court heard how Lewis Foster was nearly twice the drink limit, had no valid licence or insurance when it happened last July.

The 19 year old was distraught as the judge handed him a year in a young offenders' institute and banned him from driving for four years and until he passes an extended test.
Prosecutor Philip Lee told the court that on July 12 last Foster argued with his mother, 47-year-old Deborah Jones who was angry about the amount of alcohol he had consumed. He went out to his Saxo car, which he was renovating, and revved it hard.  She had her hands on the windscreen, saying "stop or you will spoil everything" and then as she moved to the rear nearside the car reversed suddenly out of control and she was crushed.

A neighbour jacked it up a few inches to release her but treatment at Treliske and Derriford Hospitals was unable to save her.

Foster, a landscape gardener, was given a breathalyser test which revealed a level of 64mcg compared with the legal limit of 35.

Defending Foster, a man of previous good character, Piers Norsworthy said that he would have to bear the burden of distress for the rest of his life.  He was unaware his mother was behind the car and there was a significant degree of speculation as to how the loss of control occurred. The driver's seat was at an angle and there were tools in the footwell which could have impeded the pedals.

Judge Ticehurst told Foster that had he not been so drunk, and probably in a temper, the tragedy would not have occurred.




3:57pm 4th February 2013

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