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A teenage driver who killed a man planning to donate a kidney to his brother in a crash that happened seconds after she sent a text message has been detained for seven months.
Katie Foster was driving with her iPhone under her thigh and received a message only nine seconds before she swerved into the path of an oncoming car, killing tyre fitter Lee Cain, 36.
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The judge described it as a tragic case, having heard that Mr Cain had been due to donate the vital organ to his seriously-ill brother Bradley.
Foster, Etherley Dene, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was sentenced to seven months in a young offenders' institution after she admitted causing death by careless driving.
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Durham Crown Court heard she was driving on the nearby A688 in March 2016 when cars in front of her braked.
Then aged 18, and having passed her test just nine months earlier, she did not react in time and swerved her VW Polo into the path of Mr Cain's Peugeot 206, which then overturned.
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He died despite the attentions of air ambulance paramedics.
As a new driver, her car was fitted with a black box and the exact time of the collision was recorded.
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That allowed police to identify that she had texted her father 25 seconds before the collision and received a message nine seconds before impact.
The prosecution was not able to prove that she had read the response, and the defence said it was only read later by one of her three passengers after the crash.
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Her basis of plea included that she was driving too close to the vehicle in front of her and she braked too late and with insufficient force.
Mr Cain's mother, Gail, wrote a moving victim impact statement which was read to the court by her best friend.
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She proudly talked of a kind and loving...
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