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Debbie Barker jailed for Tom Bannister death crash

Debbie Barker
Debbie Barker left the scene of the crash without calling the emergency services

A woman who crashed a Range Rover, killing her passenger, has been jailed for three years.

Hotel director Tom Bannister died when he was thrown from the car which left the road near Skipton on 22 June 2013.

Debbie Barker, 43, from Gargrave in North Yorkshire, left the scene and returned home before calling Mr Bannister's father.

Barker pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and failing to report a collision.

'Callous disregard'

At Bradford Crown Court on Thursday she was sentenced to three years in prison, banned from driving for five years, and ordered to pay £515 in costs as well as a £120 victim surcharge.

Tom Bannister ran the Coniston Hotel in the Yorkshire Dales

The Range Rover left the A65 between Airton and Bell Busk in North Yorkshire and ended up in a field.

North Yorkshire Police said Barker, of Hellifield Road, left the scene without reporting the crash, and later phoned Mr Bannister's father

He found his son at the scene and rang the police and ambulance service.

Traffic constable Andy Macleod said: "Barker showed a callous disregard for Mr Bannister's welfare when she left the scene of the collision."

Mr Bannister ran the Coniston Hotel which is part of a 1,400-acre country estate in the Yorkshire Dales.

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