Calls for text driver killer Nikita Ainley to face the family of her victim
THE daughter of a woman killed by texting driver Nikita Ainley wants to meet her face-to-face to explain the devastation she has caused.
Ainley, 20, has been detained for three-and-a-half years for causing the death of Mary Rutherford, 68, while she messaged on her BlackBerry at the wheel.
Now, Mrs Rutherford's daughter Dawn has called for Ainley to face restorative justice once she is released from custody.
Watching Ainley being led from York Crown Court to begin her time behind bars, Dawn said: "I would like to give her some insight into the pain she caused.
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"I would be willing to try to get her to recognise what she has done."
Ainley smashed head-on into the Renault Clio carrying Mrs Rutherford in Newfield Lane, Lelley, on May 30 last year.
Despite desperate efforts by paramedics, Mrs Rutherford stopped breathing and died at the scene.
Driver David Newdick suffered a broken arm and breastbone.
His wife, Beryl, a front-seat passenger, had a broken arm and punctured lung.
Ainley claimed at first she had pulled over to send the message on her BlackBerry but had lost control after setting off again.
However, police were able to prove only 48 seconds elapsed between the last message she sent and a witness dialling 999 in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
Ainley changed her plea to guilty on the day a trial was due to begin.
Sending Ainley to a Young Offenders' Institute, Judge Stephen Ashurst, Recorder of York, said: "No message is so urgent that it requires someone to lose their life."