Teenage girl crashes car into wall during TWO-MINUTE Facebook video call leaving half-sister with ‘life-changing’ injuries

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Danielle Cooper was sent to a young offenders' institution for 18 months and was banned from driving for three years and nine months (Image: Sourced)
Danielle Cooper was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 18 months and was banned from driving for three years and nine months (Image: Sourced)

Teenage girl crashes car into wall during TWO-MINUTE Facebook video call leaving half-sister with ‘life-changing’ injuries.

Danielle Cooper only had a provisional licence and was driving with no L plates, while the two passengers were not wearing seatbelts, a court heard.

A teenage girl crashed her car head-on into a wall after making a two-minute Facebook Messenger video call while driving.

Danielle Cooper, 19, was driving unsupervised with only a provisional licence and no L plates at the time of the smash, a court heard.

Teenage girl crashes car into wall during TWO-MINUTE Facebook video call leaving half-sister with ‘life-changing’ injuries

She made a video call while leaving a petrol station, which lasted two minutes, 11 seconds, before it was “suddenly and abruptly cut off”.

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Cooper’s half sister, one of the passengers, suffered “life-threatening and life-changing injuries” in the accident, the court was told.

A week later, her heart stopped and she had to be resuscitated.

A second passenger, the half-sister’s friend, was also seriously hurt in the incident in August last year, Grimsby Live reports.

Cooper lost control on a right hand bend on the A161 from Belton to Epwort (general view) (Image: xxxxxxxxx WS)
Cooper lost control on a right hand bend on the A161 from Belton to Epwort (general view) (Image: xxxxxxxxx WS)

A judge said the victims’ lives had been “turned upside down” and that the consequences of Cooper’s actions were “catastrophic,” adding ‘it’s pure chance you didn’t kill someone’.

Grimsby Crown Court heard Cooper had been so engrossed in her phone before the crash she had stalled at a petrol station and forgot to put on her lights.

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And on the night of the crash on August 20, she had made hundreds of calls and messages, mainly to a 40-year-old man.

Now, Cooper has been locked up for 18-months.

The hairdresser, of Epworth, North Lincolnshire, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no insurance and driving unsupervised with only a provisional licence.

Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told the court that Cooper was not driving with L plates on the car at the time.

She had been socialising in Epworth and after making hundreds of calls and messages before the accident drove to a petrol station. More on Mirror

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