Clinton Pringle death crash driver receives suspended sentence
A MOTORIST who knocked down and killed three-year-old Clinton Pringle has received an eight-month jail term suspended for two years.
Rebekah Le Gal (39) had pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
She was cleared of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving after Jurats found that although she had used her phone to text her son while at the wheel, it had not caused the accident.
The sentence means that Le Gal will serve no time in prison.
However, if she commits a further offence during the two-year period she would be brought back to court and could then be jailed for the offence and the additional offence.
Clinton was knocked down by Le Gal's VW Transporter in Tunnell Street last June.
The accident happened in a section of 'shared space' road close to the entrance to the Millennium Town Park.
Le Gal was also banned from driving for 30 months.
Following the verdict last month Michael Pringle, Clinton's father, criticised the layout of the road.
Fighting back tears outside the Royal Court and flanked by his pregnant wife Stacey, Clinton's mother, he said: 'Serious concerns have been raised in the UK over shared space roads – areas similar to that that are in place near the Millennium Town Park.
'Those that are responsible for the implementation of these spaces also have Clinton's blood on their hands.'
In a statement, the States police said: 'The sentencing of Rebekah Le Gal concludes both a tragic case and complex and challenging investigation.
'Our thoughts remain very much with Clinton's family, who we have continued to support throughout this case.
'Tragically, cases of this nature demonstrate the ultimate consequence of drivers not paying attention.
'We remain committed to ensuring, with partners, that our roads are as safe as they can be and we will continue to target those drivers who use their mobile phones whilst driving – drivers though must take personal responsibility.
'The forthcoming Arrive Alive campaign will add additional focus and will help to remind everyone that using a mobile phone whilst driving is dangerous and can prove fatal.'
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