A woman has received a sentence of four years and eight months in prison after causing the death of a pedestrian.

Charlotte Symons, 40, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday 9 January after she pleaded guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Symons was driving a Nissan Navara on Pant y Cefn Road, Markham, South Wales on 9 December 2022 when her vehicle collided with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, 66-year-old Sandra Chamberlain, was taken to hospital and later died of her injuries.

The family of Sandra Chamberlain have said:

“Thank you to all our family and friends for the support they have given us over the last 13 months.

“A special thank you to everyone that helped Sandra at the scene – the Welsh Ambulance Service and the Welsh Air Ambulance. Also, the intensive care staff at the Heath hospital and Gwent Police, especially our Family Liaison Officer Michelle Greatrex.

“There are no words to describe what losing Sandra has done to us, we now need time to grieve.”

PS Shane Draper, Serious Collision Investigation manager, said:

“This is a tragic case that has resulted in the needless loss of a life.

“Charlotte Symons actions highlight the real dangers of irresponsible driving.

“There can be no excuses for driving dangerously. It can have devastating impact on other innocent road users, as shown in this case.

“This is a reminder to everyone who gets behind the wheel – your responsibility isn’t just to ensure your own safety, but the safety of everyone around you.

“I would also like to thank all those who provided information to assist in the investigation and offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sandra Chamberlain.”

Symons was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison, and she will be disqualified from driving for a period of seven years.