Driver jailed over death of mother and her un­born baby girl

Part­ner tells court of pain:

Glamorgan Gazette - - Front Page - JO­HANNA CARR news­desk@waleson­

A DRIVER who ploughed into the back of queu­ing mo­tor­way traf­fic at 70mph, killing a preg­nant mother and her un­born child, has been jailed for three years.

Craig Scott, 51, had been us­ing his hands-free mo­bile phone se­conds be­fore the smash and failed to brake prior to hit­ting a sil­ver Peu­geot on the M4 near Port Tal­bot, on the morn­ing of Novem­ber 29, 2016.

Re­becca Evans, 27, who was eight months preg­nant with daugh­ter Cari, was in the front pas­sen­ger seat and died at the scene while her two-year-old son Cian had to be air­lifted to hospi­tal where he was treated for a skull frac­ture and two bro­ken legs.

The pros­e­cu­tion alleged the de­fen­dant was “quite sim­ply avoid­ably and dan­ger­ously dis­tracted”, but Scott, of Heath, Cardiff, who pleaded guilty to caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing at an ear­lier hear­ing, de­nied this.

Af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing for two hours and 10 min­utes, a jury of seven men and five women found him guilty of caus­ing Ms Evans’ death and Cian’s se­ri­ous in­juries by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Sen­tenc­ing him at Swansea Crown Court, Judge Keith Thomas said: “The sole cause of this ac­ci­dent was your fail­ure to keep a proper level of con­cen­tra­tion on the road ahead. That lack of judg­ment was not mo­men­tary of short-lived.”

In a vic­tim im­pact state­ment which was read to the court, Alex Evans said his part­ner of nine years and their un­born daugh­ter had been taken away from him.

“Cian af­ter just turn­ing two years old lost his lov­ing mother and his sis­ter, a sis­ter he will never meet,” he said.

Mr Evans said he had a “per­fect fam­ily life” and Ms Evans – who he planned to ask to marry him – was eight days away from go­ing on ma­ter­nity leave from her job at Shel­ter Cymru, where they both worked.

He said af­ter the col­li­sion he had seen Ms Evans “life­less and cov­ered in blood”, and Cian “dazed and bleed­ing heav­ily” and had to de­cide who he should try to help first.

“Those pic­tures and feel­ings will never leave me as long as I live,” he said.

“I had to stand and watch my loved ones die and suf­fer and there was noth­ing I could do to help them.”

Mr Evans said he would “never for­get the look of pain and long­ing in (Cian’s) eyes as he asked for Re­becca” and his son had spent months ask­ing to “see mammy”.

He added: “The pain and suf­fer­ing will never go away and I miss my girls ev­ery sin­gle mo­ment of ev­ery day.

“I will never have my per­fect fam­ily back, marry my love or be a fa­ther to my daugh­ter.”

The court pre­vi­ously heard the cou­ple had been driv­ing to work when they en­coun­tered con­ges­tion and Mr Evans slowed be­fore com­ing to a stop near junc­tion 38 on the mo­tor­way.

He en­gaged his hazard warn­ing lights, but then be­came aware of a car ap­proach­ing from be­hind at speed.

In a state­ment read dur­ing the trial, he said there was an “almighty bang” and then “chaos” and he saw peo­ple pulling at Bec- ca’s door and re­mov­ing her from the car.

“I saw blood on her dress and I knew then that our daugh­ter had gone,” he said.

“I knew that straight away, but not in a mil­lion years did I think I would lose Becca.”

Ms Evans’ mother Meryl Evans read her vic­tim im­pact state­ment to the court, sob­bing as she did so.

In it she said: “Becca was my rock, my friend, the per­son I would turn to for ad­vice. Things don’t make sense any­more.

“I want her back. Becca and Cari didn’t pass away; they were killed.”

Craig Har­ris, for Scott, said his client was “sorry and ex­tremely re­morse­ful for his ac­tions”.

Scott was also banned from driv­ing for five years.

Speak­ing out­side court Pc Matthew Deschoolmeester said Scott’s fail­ure to stop and his col­li­sion with the cou­ple’s car had “tragic con­se­quenc

He said: “Only Craig Scott knows why he didn’t stop or slow down.

“Po­lice know that he had fin­ished a hands-free phone call 14 se­conds prior to the col­li­sion... South Wales Po­lice would like to re­mind mo­torists that al­though not il­le­gal to have a tra­tion hands-free must al­ways call con­cen- be on the road ahead and other road users.

“The best ad­vice is not to use the phone at all whilst driv­ing.”

Re­becca Evans was eight months preg­nant with her daugh­ter Cari

Craig Scott was jailed for three years

Eight-months preg­nant Re­becca Evans, 27, died in­stantly in the rush hour three-car crash


Craig Scott

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