Nine-month suspended sentence over road death

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A 55-year-old man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting causing the death of a great-grandmother from Brackley through careless driving.

Anthony Reilly appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Monday for sentencing following the crash on the M40 near Stokenchurch on Thursday April 1, in which 78-year-old Hazel Russell received fatal injuries.

Reilly, of Littlemore in Oxon was driving south along the M40, between junctions 6 and 5, just before 9.45am when he hit the rear of a Peugeot at 70mph.

The Peugeot, which had been slowing down at a queue, was then pushed into a BMW in front. Mrs Russell was injured as she sat on the back seat of the Peugeot and was taken to High Wycombe General Hospital where she later died.

Reilly admitted causing death by careless driving at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, November, 19, and this week he was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He also received 200 hours community service, was disqualified from driving for two years, and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.