A judge feels sorry for a woman who caused the death of teenage motorcyclist Joseph Whitestone last year by carelessly driving her pickup truck.
Shirley Haynes, 55, of Drinker's End Road, Corse Lawn, Gloucestershire, was driving her Gloucester to Ledbury at the wheel of her Toyota Hi-Lux on the A417 when she met 19-year-old Joseph last March.
Gloucester Crown Court heard on Tuesday that it held its hand and tried to comfort it as paramedics attempted to save its life at the collision site in Corse.
Joseph died in the hospital a few days later.
Judge Ian Lawrie QC ruled that a jail sentence was not required and sentenced Ms. Haynes to a 12-month joint order with 80 hours of unpaid work.
He forbade her to drive for a year.
He also ordered her to pay £ 1,000 for law enforcement costs and a sacrifice surcharge of £ 85.
Prosecutor Jennifer Tallentine told the court that Haynes was on his way home from London on March 28 last year and was shopping at the Crosshands gas station on the A417 at 8:30 pm.
"She left the forecourt on Lawn Road, then turned right onto the A417 and followed another car driven by a doctor out of the intersection when the collision occurred," said Ms. Tallentire.
"The doctor said in her statement that in her rearview mirror she saw the vehicle collide with a motorcycle behind her.
"The motorcyclist was thrown off his bike.
"Mrs. Haynes's daughter called a warning to her mother just before the impact, but it was too late.
"It is assumed that Joseph adapted the bike earlier that day and is believed to have traveled beyond the speed limit of 80 km / h."
In a statement read in court, Joseph's grandfather Peter Whitestone said, "He came to live with us at the age of eleven. He practically became our son. It was a great pleasure to pass on my technical skills to him.
"His death left us a great void and our life can never be the same again. Our family has a compassion for the driver. "
Joseph's mother Rachel said that her son was a kind and caring person.
Her statement added, "Joe was a saint. About 10 years ago I suffered a nervous breakdown and he became my main caregiver. He built a conservatory and some sheds for me so I could continue to make things better.
"Since I lost Joe, I have suffered panic attacks.
"It would have been Joe's birthday on July 29 and we usually go to a steam rally, but I felt like I could not attend on that occasion.
"Joe lived life to the fullest"
Timothy Pole said defensively: "This offense can only be classified as a tragedy for all concerned. Joe's family and Mrs. Haynes felt the most when she had to live life with the emotions of that fateful day.
"A mother's instinct meant she assisted at the scene and comforted Joe.
"She is a volunteer volunteer for the Disabled Riding Group and part of her local community.
"The collision can be described as human error. The doctor left the intersection just before Haynes and as she accelerated, she noticed that the motorcycle had a dimly lit headlamp and drove at speed.
Haynes pleaded guilty to causing the death of Joseph Whitestone on March 28, 2018, by careless driving a Toyota Hi-Lux
In a random ruling, Judge Ian Lawrie told Haynes, "Your true punishment is your deep sense of guilt.
"You even held Joseph's hand in the accident.
"His death has a significant impact on Joe's family, and you know that it can not diminish guilt.
"You have admitted the crime and this process means that I have to punish you.
"The reality is that you have not seen the motorcyclist. However, I realize that you are really a careful driver who has spent 37 years without points in your driver's license.
"I'm going to impose a community order, but I guess that will not seem like much to the victim's family."
Judge Lawrie spoke privately to Joe's family after the hearing.