Norfolk Lorry Driver Jailed After Wyton Crash
12 September 2016, 14:09
A lorry driver from Norfolk has been jailed for six years for causing the death of off-duty Cambridgeshire Police officer Sharon Garrett.
The court heard how 28 year old Danny Warby from Runcton Holme near Kings Lynn, had looked at a text message just moments before his lorry ploughed into Detective Constable Garrett's car.
He'd only been on the A141, near Wyton, for a few minutes before the crash in June 2014.
In a statement, the family of Sharon Garrett said: "The loss of Sharon has been the most devastating event in the life of our family. It has had an impact on so many people, and for so many reasons.
"No sentencing can ever bring back Sharon, but it is our hope that the sentence passed today will remind others that the simple act of using a mobile phone whilst driving can have such devastating consequences."
PC Pete Bimson, who investigated the collision, said: "This was a tragic incident which claimed the life of a police officer. But the evidence heard in court showed it could have been avoided and emphasises the message that using a mobile phone at the wheel can have fatal consequences.
Detective Constable Garrett, 48, joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1991 and served in a number of roles across the force, most recently investigating complex fraud offences in the Economic Crime Unit.
Mr Warby was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving last month - and was sentenced at Huntingdon Law Court today.
He's also been banned from the roads for 10 years.