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22/02/2016 13:08:13

Van driver used 2 mobiles before crashing

Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving is both illegal and irresponsible, but you need a whole new set of words to describe the behaviour of a driver who is using two mobile phones at the same time. That’s what 47 year old Robert Munce was doing when he crashed into a car while overtaking a vehicle on the left hand side on the A1 near Newark. Sadly, a passenger in the other vehicle, a mother of two who was actually on her way to a funeral, was killed in the ensuing 6 vehicle collision.


Munce was driving a Ford Transit while he used one mobile for texting and was on the internet on the other phone when he tried to undertake another vehicle. He hit a Ford Focus being driven by Peter Nile, who had his son wife Margaret aged 65 in the car with him. Margaret was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash despite the efforts of the emergency services.

Munce was sent to jail for 4 years, 3 months for causing death by dangerous driving, and the judge commented that the loss of Mrs Nile was devastating to her family, and that the impact on the family would be endless. In a victim impact statement, Mrs Nile’s son commented that he had not had time to even say goodbye to his ‘wonderful, kind loving and caring’ mother.

Police had apparently ‘interrogated’ the two mobile phones and had discovered that Munce was using them both at the time of the crash for messaging and internet access.



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