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Marina Usaceva Sentenced To 6 Years For Using 2 Cellphones Before Killing Man In Fatal Crash

A judge recently called drivers who use cellphones while behind the wheel “a plague on society,” as he sentenced a woman to six years in jail after killing a man in a fatal crash.

Marina Usaceva of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, texted on two mobile devices while driving when she crashed her Jaguar into the back of Sukhdeep Singh Johal’s Peugeot 206, killing the 27-year-old biomedical science graduate and causing a three-vehicle pile-up, The Independent reports.

Usaceva, who is originally from Latvia, denied using a cellphone at the wheel before the crash, police say.

But Prosecutor Georgina Gibbs said an investigation found the 31-year-old had used a Sony phone to send a text message just before the crash, and receive another one on a second device around the same time.

Additionally, a Samsung phone sent one message, made one phone call and received three incoming calls in the 20 minute leading up to the crash, which happened in March 2013.

This is not the first time Usaceva has violated driving laws. Her driver’s license was suspended in 2009 and 2012 for using her phone behind the wheel.

Prosecutors said that Usaceva was traveling at 70 miles per hour or greater in a speed zone of 60 miles per hour.

According to Gov.UK, drivers are banned from using a hand-held device while riding a motorcycle or driving. The same rules apply if a driver is stopped at traffic lights or waiting in traffic.

Phones can only be used to call 999 or 112 in case of emergency, but only if the driver is safely parked. Penalties include points on a driver’s license and a fine. Major cases could lead to being disqualified from driving.

Laws in the U.S. are more lenient. No state bans all cellphone use for all drivers. Currently, 44 states ban texting while driving, but the other states are starting to enforce restrictions, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.


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