Page last updated at 17:55 GMT, Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Phone crash sentence under review

A driver who killed another motorist as she sent text messages from her mobile phone is to have her sentence reviewed.

Phillipa Curtis, 21, from Suffolk, had been using her phone before she hit the back of Victoria McBryde's stationary car at 70mph on the A40 in Oxfordshire.

Curtis was jailed in February for 21 months after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

However, the solicitor general has asked the Court of Appeal to rule on whether the term was unduly lenient.

"If the Court of Appeal decides that the sentence is unduly lenient they have the power to increase the length of the sentence," Solicitor General Vera Baird QC said.

A date for the sentence review is yet to be set.



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