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Text reading driver convicted of killing a pedestrian and sentenced for 30 months

Teenager driver convicted of causing death by dangerous driving

Christine Lyon

11 March 2011

Christine Tallon, a personal injury and fatal accidents solicitor at Leigh Day, is acting for the family of pensioner Christine Lyon who was killed by a teenage driver in February 2010.  Keisha Wall, 20, was convicted yesterday at Reading Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving after she killed Mrs Lyon whilst apparently reading a text message when she was driving.

Mrs Lyon, from Maidenhead, died when Wall’s black Suzuki Jimny mounted the pavement and hit her in the chest, crushing her against a wall.  Wall originally denied that she had been reading a mobile phone message at the time of the incident but was convicted of dangerous driving on a majority verdict.

Christine is representing Mrs Lyon’s family in relation to a civil claim for compensation.  Mrs Lyon previously provided a significant level of care and support to her husband, John who is disabled, and who will require an extensive care package to replace her care.  Wall’s insurers had refused to accept liability, or make an interim payment to provide any care as the teenager had pleaded not guilty to the offence of dangerous driving.

Christine Tallon said of the verdict:

“This is such a tragic case in which so many lives have been needlessly ruined. I would like to see a greater clamp down taken against drivers who continue to use mobile phones despite the law. I hope that the verdict will send out a clear message to those who continue to put other people's lives at risk in this way.”

Sentencing details

Keisha Wall was sentenced to a prison sentence of 30 months on 11th April 2011 at Reading Crown Court

The personal injury team at Leigh Day has represented a number of clients whose loved ones have died because of the actions of dangerous drivers. 

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