A driver from Coningsby has been jailed for 46 weeks after causing the death of a passenger in a car her was ‘duelling’ with on the B1192.
Christopher Cottingham, 21, of New York Road, admitted causing the death of a pregnant woman by driving dangerously in an on-road spat with Ryan Williams.
The pair collided and lost control on the road near New York.
Both vehicles left the road and hit a tree.
Kimberley See, who was a passenger in Williams’ Citroen Saxo was killed and both drivers were seriously injured.
Ms See, from Whaplode, was returning home from a night with Williams at Billinghay Fair
As Williams drove along the B1192, he became involved in an argument with fellow motorist Cottingham, trying to block him from overtaking on a long straight stretch of the road.
Williams repeatedly touched his brakes and moved his car onto the wrong side of the road to block Cottingham.
As Cottingham tried to undertake, Williams returned to his own side road.
The cars then collided and Williams’ vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree.
Ms See, a rear seat passengar in the car, suffered fatal injuries.
Mark Van der Zwart, prosecuting, said: “Cottingham saw the way that Williams was driving.
“What he should have done was slow down, or stop and create a gap so there wasn’t any danger.
“Instead of keeping his distance and not engaging in what appears to have been something of a duel he got too close. The two cars collided.
“It was enough to cause both drivers to lose control and both left the road.”
The jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard that Ms See was 20-weeks pregnant.
They also heard that moments before the incident Williams had been riled by another driver whose vehicle had bright headlights.
The car came up behind him and Williams touched his brakes on a number of occasions before blocking the man.
Williams, of Sussex Avenue, Boston has been jailed for a year.
The pair have been banned from driving for three years.
Joe Spicer, for Cottingham, said his client had shown remorce.
“He accepts it was a misjudgement given that he could have sat back and let Williams go on,” Spicer said.
For Williams, Michael Cranmer Brown said: “He is wracked with guilt in the sense that he was driving and there was a collision in which she died. It is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.”
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