Devon

Man killed in car radio argument crash

A man died in a car crash while arguing with his girlfriend, who was driving, about the volume of music on the vehicle's radio, a court has heard.

Alec Pearn, 24, was killed when the car hit a tree in a 70mph crash near Okehampton last September.

Jane Hauerslev, 22, of Broadwoodwidger, Devon, admitted causing death by careless driving at Exeter Crown Court.

She was ordered to do 240 hours unpaid community work after Mr Pearn's family said they did not want her in prison.

'Loss of attention'

The couple had returned to Devon on 16 September after a weekend staying with friends in Cornwall.

They had been arguing about music on the radio, with Mr Pearn turning the volume up and Ms Hauerslev turning it down, the court heard.

The Citreon Saxo came off the road on the old A30 at Combebow.

Mr Pearn attempted to take control of the car, but it ran over a kerb and up a small slope before rolling and hitting tree roof-first, killing him, the court was told.

The judge said he had treated the case "as a tragic accident caused by a momentary loss of attention" and he had been told Mr Pearn's family did not want her jailed.

He added: "I have regard to the fact that the deceased was a good friend of yours and you may have been distracted by what he did."

Defending, Lee Bremridge said the crash would live with Hauerslev "for the rest of her life".

He said: "She is deeply sorry and wants to apologise to Alec's family for what happened and the loss of their son."

Hauerslev, of Middle Park Cottage, Broadwoodwidger, was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to undergo a supervised 12-month community order.

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