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Drunken teenager, 19, accidentally ran over  and killed his mother as she begged him not to drink and drive 
  • Lewis Foster ignored his mother's pleas not to drive and leapt into Citroen
  • He revved car and it jumped backwards, crushing Deborah Jones, 47
  • Judge jails Foster for a year saying he will carry the tragic burden for ever

By Harriet Arkell

PUBLISHED: 17:35, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 23:59, 4 February 2013

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Lewis Foster, pictured today outside court, reversed into his mother while drunk

A drunk teenager who accidentally reversed into his mother and killed her as she begged him not to drink-drive was today jailed for one year.

Learner driver Lewis Foster, 19, arrived home drunk after a row with work colleagues and got behind the wheel of his car despite having no licence or insurance.

Landscape gardener Foster's mother Deborah Jones, 47, followed him to the Citroen Saxo she had bought him and begged him not to drive because it would 'ruin everything' if he got caught.

But as he revved the engine, the car suddenly jerked backwards - hitting his mother and crushing her against a fence post, a court heard.

She was killed by the horrific accident on July 12 last year, and devastated Lewis was found to be twice the legal drink drive limit.

He admitted causing death by driving carelessly under the influence of alcohol and driving without insurance at a previous hearing.

Foster, of St Austell, Cornwall, was yesterday jailed for a year in a young offenders' institute as Truro Crown Court heard he faced a 'lifetime of mental torture'.

Judge David Ticehurst told him: 'The words tragic and tragedy are often misused these days but there is no escape of the fact that this is a tragic case with a tragic result for everyone involved.

'You, Lewis Foster, will carry the burden that you killed your mother by your careless driving for the rest of your life.

'Nothing that I say or do could add to the sense of guilt that you feel and that you will always feel.

'You were only 18 at the time the offence was committed, I take into account that it was a momentary lapse.  Whether your foot slipped off the clutch does not matter a great deal.

'It was not a prolonged period of driving but it was reckless, completely thoughtless, without any regard to what may happen.

'Had you spent a moment or two thinking about the situation, had you not been so drunk, had you not been in a temper, you would not be here.'

 

 

The court heard Foster had been out drinking with work colleagues when he got into a drunken argument with his boss.

His mother, who was also a grandmother, had previously seen him in the pub and the pair began arguing when he got back to their home.

Mr Lee said despite Foster not having passed his test, his mother had given him enough money to buy the car as a Christmas present.

On the night of the accident he came to their home in Dobell Road, St Austell, at around 9.20pm, grabbed the keys, told his mother he wanted to leave the area, and hopped into the vehicle.

 
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A view of the service lane behind Dobell Road in St Austell where Lewis Foster drove into his mother

 

 
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Another view of the lane where the terrible accident happened in July last year

 
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Dobell Road: Truro Crown Court had heard that Foster spent the afternoon before the accident drinking

After locking himself in, he began revving the engine, prompting his mother to move from the back of the Saxo to the nearside rear corner, shouting: 'Lewis, stop - you'll ruin everything.'

As the car shot back she was crushed against a post before being pinned under the wheels, the court heard.

Frantic efforts were made to save Mrs Jones as her son got out of the car and his friend tried to move the Citroen.

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Police shot of Lewis Foster, 19, after the accident

Mrs Jones was rushed to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, but died from her injuries the next morning.

After his arrest Lewis failed a breath test, showing 64mg of alcohol - nearly twice the legal limit of 35mg.

Philip Lee, prosecuting, said: 'It is apparent from the evidence that from time to time, mother and son argued and shouted at some times and there was anger between them.

'But it is also apparent that they did have a close and loving relationship.'

Piers Norsworthy, defending, said any punishment dished out to Jones was insignificant in comparison to the 'lifetime of mental torture' he faced.

He added: 'At the time of the incident this young man was in a very dark place - no rational thought would have gone through his mind.

'He is a decent young man who has not always had the best start in his life, but he certainly loved his mother very dearly as she did him.'

Foster was jailed for 12 months and disqualified from driving for four years.

At the time of Mrs Jones' death, the family released a sentence saying: 'Debbie was a lovely person, a great mum and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.'

Mrs Jones's next door neighbour, Sarah Snell, aged 46, said she was shocked and saddened by the news.

She said: 'She was a lovely person who would help anyone. If you needed her help she would be there. She was always looking out for me and my children.'

 

 

what a d*ckhead

 

feel for him still

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Would probably have to top myself.

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even if i tried i couldnt feel for him

 

RIP the mother and condolences to the fam

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Would probably have to top myself.

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what a nonce. shouldnt go pen though

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That is fucking peak.

Sad for everybody involved.

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so he was drink driving

 

and he killed his mum

 

drink driving and getting caught is (im sure) straight imprisonment 

 

 

then he kills his mum, though that was novus actus interveniens i dont think he had a guilty mind so it was manslaughter

 

 

he shud of got minimum 7 years

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what a nonce. shouldnt go pen though

init killing your own mother is enough man 

 

should b on suicide watch tho  

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what a nonce. shouldnt go pen though

init killing your own mother is enough man 

 

should b on suicide watch tho  

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hope it eats him up for the rest of his life

 

i can understand accidents

 

i cant let retarded actions fly

 

if not her it would have been someone else

 

so mum basically some someone with her life

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so he was drink driving

 

and he killed his mum

 

drink driving and getting caught is (im sure) straight imprisonment 

 

 

then he kills his mum, though that was novus actus interveniens i dont think he had a guilty mind so it was manslaughter

 

 

he shud of got minimum 7 years

 

Dont be ridiculous, as the judge and other people have said knowing what he's done is more than enough punishment for the lad.

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That is fucking peak.

Sad for everybody involved.

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hope it eats him up for the rest of his life

 

i can understand accidents

 

i cant let retarded actions fly

 

if not her it would have been someone else

 

so mum basically some someone with her life

 

Can't say that tbh

 

Guy was stupid but the chances of what happened actually happening are up there with winning the lottery twice and 8 track making a comback.

 

We all do stupid things in our lives and possible worst case scenario will never apply to 99.999999999999999999999% of us.

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So he didnt know how to drive

His mum as behind pleading with him

And he revs the engine

Nah im still not sold on it

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So he didnt know how to drive

His mum as behind pleading with him

And he revs the engine

Nah im still not sold on it

Didn't you use to drive a van or some shit with no lessons or license?

Could easily be you in this story, swap the alcohol with those drugs you're on.

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drink driving is never cool 

It is when you're really wasted and got a bitch in your car riding round to some Juicy J

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So he didnt know how to drive

His mum as behind pleading with him

And he revs the engine

Nah im still not sold on it

Didn't you use to drive a van or some shit with no lessons or license?

Could easily be you in this story, swap the alcohol with those drugs you're on.

Exactly

So I know what im talking about

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drink driving is never cool 

It is when you're really wasted and got a bitch in your car riding round to some Juicy J

:lol:

 

these rappers like juicy j promote that shit

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So he didnt know how to drive

His mum as behind pleading with him

And he revs the engine

Nah im still not sold on it

Didn't you use to drive a van or some shit with no lessons or license?

Could easily be you in this story, swap the alcohol with those drugs you're on.

Exactly

So I know what im talking about

 

Okay.

Feel sorry for the dude, ruined his life in a couple minutes, those kind of situations which can happen to anyone really

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:/

That could NEVER happen to me fam.

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Would probably have to top myself.

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