'Texting driver killed my mum': Hull woman's warning after Nikita Ainley admits causing death of Mary Rutherford
A GRIEVING daughter is warning about the dangers of texting at the wheel after the death of her mother in a horror crash.
Nikita Ainley was using her BlackBerry when she smashed head-on into the Renault Clio carrying Mary Rutherford.
Mary, 68, died at the scene in Newfield Lane, Lelley.
Ainley, 20, has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and will be sentenced next month.
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Mary's daughter Dawn Timmings now wants other drivers to think about the consequences of using a phone while driving.
"Other people need to know it's not acceptable," she said.
"Every time you look down and text, something could happen in front of you, or behind you, or around you, and it could be a child.
"Someone is going to pay for that."
Mary had been fighting breast cancer and lymphoma and Dawn, 44, moved to Hull to be close to her.
Just weeks before the crash, Mary was told the cancer had gone into remission.
Dawn said: "We were hoping to go to Paris for my son's 21st and that would have been the first time we had been out of the country in a long time.
"The hopelessness now is overwhelming."
The crash happened at about 12.45pm on Monday, May 30, last year.
Mary had been shopping at Asda in Bilton and was on her way back home to Withernsea.
The car she was travelling in was hit by Ainley's Fiat Panda heading the other way.
Ainley was charged with causing death by dangerous driving on the basis she was texting at the wheel. Phone records showed she was using her BlackBerry at the time.
Ainley, of Roos, did not admit her guilt until Tuesday, November 20.
Dawn said the waiting put her "through hell".
"She made a really bad decision that cost my mum her life but if she had put her hand up earlier it would have made a huge difference to me."
Dawn said facing Ainley across the courtroom in hearings leading up to the December sentencing has been hard.
"I just hoped she would see sense every time I looked at her in court," said Dawn.
"There was the fear she was going to get away with it and the realisation it didn't make any difference because my mum is gone.
"I tried really hard to be dignified about the hearings."
Dawn said she wants Ainley to understand the pain she feels.
She said: "If she was in front of me, I would say, 'at some point in your life, you will understand the pain that comes with losing your mum. I want you to multiply that by 1,000 and you might have some inkling of what you put me through'."
She praised the police officers involved in the lengthy investigation leading to Ainley's guilty plea.
Dawn said: "The police have gone all-out to ensure the right charge was put before her. They need to be applauded. They have my gratitude."
Mary had many friends in Withernsea, her daughter said.
"Everybody knew my mum. I used to think, can we not just do something without you chatting to everybody?" said Dawn.
"She was always laughing and supporting everybody else."