Sleaford man, 42, jailed for three years for causing death by careless driving

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A Sleaford man has been sentenced to three years in prison and disqualified from driving for five years for causing death by dangerous driving.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Monday, September 22, Judge Lady Rae sentenced Andrew File, 42, of Cromwell Crescent, Sleaford, after he was convicted of causing death by careless driving.

File caused the death of Murielle Vaillant, 57, from Quebec, by driving carelessly on the A701 near Tweedsmuir in May 2012.

His Dodge Caliber collided with a Peugeot hire car driven by Mrs Vaillant’s husband, Louis, as he was driving towards Edinburgh.

File is said to have no memory of the collision in which he was also seriously injured and subsequently suffered depression.

On sentencing, Lady Rae told File: “You have been convicted of driving carelessly and causing the death of a lady holidaying in Scotland with her husband who was also injured. You have left a family in deep mourning over the death of a beloved mother and spouse and this all because of your irresponsible driving.

“I appreciate that due to your injuries you say that you have no recollection of the incident but the evidence at trial disclosed that you were driving at speed and in excess of the speed limit for some time prior to the fatal collision.

“I appreciate the main issue in this case was your transgression into the opposing carriageway which caused Mr Vaillant to take evasive action and resulted in him leaving the road and ending up in a field with his wife dead beside him. However the charge also included the allegation that you were driving at excessive speed and it is clear from the evidence that you were in a hurry to get to your ultimate destination.

“In my view this was not a case of minor momentary inattention. There was no suggestion of loss of control. Thus you were in control of your vehicle. That leads to the obvious conclusion that you must have deliberately crossed the centre line and into the carriageway of opposing traffic. Why you did that, no one will ever know but that was a fatal decision.

“I realise that this collision has had a devastating effect on your life as well and the consequences following that collision and this sentence today will have an adverse impact on your family but in view of the particular circumstances disclosed in course of the trial I have no option but to impose a custodial sentence. “I shall take account of your obvious and genuine remorse. I shall have particular regard to personal circumstances and to your previous good character and steady work record.”