Drink-drive teenager jailed for causing death of taxi passenger

06/01/2017

An 18-year-old woman has today been sentenced to three years imprisonment at Warwick Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to causing the death of a taxi passenger by careless driving.

On 10 October 2015, Danielle Bartlett had been socialising and had consumed alcohol throughout the day.

Later that night, the defendant was staying with a relative in Leamington Spa when, without prior permission, she picked up the keys to an Astra car and drove away.

She was caught speeding on the A45 by a speed camera which logged her speed at 65mph on a 50mph zone and she was later recorded travelling along London Road at a speed between 69-74mph.

Travelling along London Road in the opposite direction was a black cab which was conveying Anna Downey home.

As the taxi turned into Abbey Road, the defendant's car struck the nearside door area of the taxi at 52mph.

Witnesses attended to the taxi to help the driver and Ms Downey who was declared dead at the scene

Bartlett fled the scene and was later arrested at a property in Leamington Spa. She was charged with and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving when unfit through drink.

Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Danielle Bartlett had consumed a large amount of alcohol and without the permission of the registered keeper, took the keys to their car, drove at high speed before crashing into the side of a taxi which was turning into a junction, killing Anna Downey.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Anna Downey."