Woman jailed two years for dangerous driving while on Facebook

Wendy Thompson was trying to plug the phone into a charger

Woman jailed two years for dangerous driving while on Facebook

Wendy Thompson is seen in this Metropolitan Police photo | Image: Metropolitan Police

A woman in Britain has been jailed for two years and three months after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

53-year-old Wendy Thompson, of Windsor Way, Barnetby, collided with two stopped vehicles while sending a Facebook message.

She pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday April 24th to causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving.

She was sentenced to two years and three months' imprisonment, and disqualified from driving for 10 years.

At around 10:40am on February 3rd, emergency services were called to a collision on the A406 motorway.

A VW Passatt being driven by Thompson collided with a Ford Fiesta - which had broken down in one lane - and a red Hyundai Getz that had stopped to give assistance.

A man and his wife were inside the Hyundai.

The 84-year-old driver, Rodney Lewis from Enfield, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem gave his cause of death as head injuries and a broken neck.

Mr Lewis's 77-year-old wife, a passenger in the Hyundai, was taken to a London hospital for treatment to a broken hip and pelvis.

She has since been discharged.

Thompson was not seriously hurt in the collision.

She was arrested and admitted to police that she had been sending a Facebook message on her phone and trying to plug the phone into a charger when the collision happened.