Three-year jail term for man who caused the deaths of two sisters

A MOTORIST who caused the deaths of two sisters when he overtook a line of traffic approaching a bend was jailed for three years on Monday.

Contract cleaner Robin Settle, 56, was completely on the wrong side of the road when he crashed into an oncoming car driven by Pamela Moore, 82, on the A52 at Donington.

Mrs Moore, of Grosvenor Mews, Billingborough, and her sister Eileen Williams, 83, from Stafford, were cut from the wreckage on Bridge End Causeway but died after being taken to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the two sisters were returning from an evening playing bingo with front seat passenger, Barbara Walton, who also suffered a broken sternum and internal bleeding during the collision in October last year.

Settle was returning to Boston from his workplace in Grantham when he overtook a line of three cars as he approached a sweeping left-hand bend, the court was told. One car braked to allow Settle the chance to pull in behind a lorry but he continued to overtake even when Mrs Moore’s headlights appeared.

Chris Lowe, said, prosecuting, said: “Instinctively Mrs Moore swerved to the left and slightly onto the verge, but she could do nothing to avoid what followed, a near head-on collision.”

Settle suffered a serious leg injury in the crash and could not be questioned until November 24 when he admitted overtaking but told police he was on his own side of the road when the crash happened.

Alan Wheetman, mitigating, said Settle genuinely believed he had pulled in to the correct side of the road, but having seen an accident report he now accepted that must be wrong. He added that speeding was not a factor.

Settle, of Cherry Walk, Boston, pleaded guilty to two charges of causing death by dangerous driving on 28 October, last year. He was jailed for three years, banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended re-test.

In a statement released after the hearing, the family said: “Mr Settle’s sentence will be his punishment but for us it will not change a thing. As a family we know all to well from past experience that our sentence will go on an awful lot longer.”