Haven't got much time and didn't read all the article - but then I don't need to. Why are criminally culpable actions committed whilst driving a car so wrapped up in cotton wool by the courts and law enforcers?
If someone is gravely or fatally injured in a car accident (whether or not they're also in a car or a pedestrian) then that is the most serious form of assault or manslaughter. If someone's incapable because of alcohol or drugs/substance abuse they shouldn't be driving and mostly know they're shouldn't!
If they then disable or kill someone then that is a crime against the person and is just as bad as glassing someone in a pub fight. Getting in a car drunk or stoned is as bad as carrying a weapon on you, even if you didn't go out with the intention of using it.
A car is a dangerous piece of equipment even if you are perfectly sober - I won't drive at all if I have anything alcoholic to drink - even a sip, because I don't consider myself that great a driver at the best of time as my reactions aren't that great and I tend to panic sometimes (as a matter of fact I'm not driving much atm because I know
my concentration's all over the place with family worries). OK this silly woman wasn't drunk, but she might as well have been as she wasn't driving with 'due care and attention' which is anyway a minor criminal act in itself that can lose you your licence or a short jail sentence, even if you don't injure anyone.
Because her concentration was elsewhere for some stupid vapid reason someone died. 'Everybody uses mobiles/cells when they're driving' - bollocks. When I had one I never had it switched on in the car and if I needed to make a call (I never text) I was always parked up and there are good enough hand-held phones now if you really can't go more than 10 mins without talking to someone about nothing that can't wait an hour or so. Texting ditto and worse - even if you can touch text you need both hands to control your vehicle - a dangerous piece of equipment that needs skill and concentration to handle safely.
Sorry - no sympathy at all.