Nurse crashed into moped rider while checking her emails at the wheel


Bethan Mair Williams took her eyes off the road just before hitting Mujahid Rasul (Picture: Wales News Service/PA)

A moped rider was left with ‘devastating’ injuries after a nurse smashed into him while checking her emails at the wheel, a court heard.

Bethan Mair Williams, 29, had signed an electronic life insurance document moments before hitting Mujahid Rasul on the A487 in Bangor in November last year.

She was on her way home from a 12-hour shift at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in ‘dreadful’ weather, Caernarfon Crown Court was told.

Mr Rasul, a banking and finance student, was rushed to intensive care and ended up spending three weeks in hospital.

Williams admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was handed a two-year suspended sentence.

She was also banned from the roads for two years and ordered to pay £5,000 in compensation.

The court heard Mr Rasul still suffers memory loss following and pain from his head injury.


Bethan Mair Williams was spared immediate custody (Picture: Wales News)

Defending, Elen Owen said: ‘It was a terrible error of judgement.

‘This business about life insurance had been something playing on her mind. The error perhaps contributed to by tiredness.’

The court heard her employers were keen to keep her in her job.

Judge Nicola Jones said: ‘The weather was dreadful. You replied to the email, you logged in, you verified your ID, you signed an e-document and sent it back.

‘This was far more than just a glance at your mobile phone. You collided with Mr Rasul simply because you weren’t concentrating on the road.


A general view of Caernarfon Crown Court in Caernarfon, Wales.

Williams admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving Caernarfon Crown Court (Picture: PA)

‘You foolishly altered your email account to delete the emails in question but very quickly, of you own volition, went to the police and told them what you had done.

‘This was a short course of dangerous driving, some two minutes, but with such devastating consequences for Mr Rasul.

‘The very fact you have had to appear before the court and have to live with the knowledge of what you have caused, and the suffering you caused, is sufficient punishment.’

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