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Hands free phone call a big factor in fatal road accident

Following a road traffic accident in which a young woman was killed having been hit by a driver who had just finished a hands-free phone call, there have been pleas to motorists to stop making such calls, even though they are perfectly legal.

The tragic accident occurred in November 2016 when Craig Scott, 51, hit the the car containing Rebecca Evans, 27, whilst it as stopped on the M4 motorway in South Wales. Evans, who was also 8 months pregnant at the time, and her unborn child died at the scene, whilst her other son had to be airlifted to hospital with severe head and leg injuries.

Scott, who had finished his hands-free call 14 seconds prior to the collision, was found guilty at Swansea crown court of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, was sentenced to 3 years in prison and banned from driving for 5 years. 

A statement from South Wales police said that:

"Only Craig Scott knows why he didn't stop or slow down. Police know he had finished a hands-free call 14 seconds prior to the collision...South Wales police would like to remind motorists that, although not illegal to have a hands-free call, concentration must always be on the road ahead and other road users....The best advice is not to use their phone at all while driving"

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