Death Crash Drivers Dossier

Death Crash Drivers

1997 - a man responsible for a road accident, in which Stuart Herd (33) died, walked away from court with a £500 fine and a 12-month driving ban. More

Whenever a drink-driver appears at Bath Magistrates Court, he or she runs the risk of being photographed as they emerge - and the risk of that picture going on the front page of the Bath Chronicle.

The Newcastle Evening Chronicle launched a campaign in memory of a local victim, six-year old Rebecca Sawyer, killed by a joyrider with 89 previous convictions. This newspaper focused on encouraging readers to sign a petition, presented to Home Secretary David Blunkett lobbying for tougher sentences for killer drivers. 42,000 signed.

18 February, 2003 Motorists who kill should face a short spell in jail for even a "momentary error of judgement" or a short period of bad driving, said the report. 2-5 YEAR JAIL SENTENCE RECOMMENDED FOR DRIVERS WHO KILL WHEN THEY Fall asleep, Are distracted by a mobile, Have drunk too much, Have taken drugs, Are racing, Are showing off, Are speeding, Disregarded warnings from fellow passengers. More

Gary Hart from Strubby, near Louth, caused the deaths of 10 people in 2001 when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Landrover which ploughed onto the East Coast Main Line at Great Heck, near Selby. He was jailed for just five years. More

2000 STATISICS 183 people sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving 158 jailed, which meant 15% escaped jail Average sentence was 3 years and 1 month But many jailed for less than a year Four fined; 13 received community sentences; 8 got suspended sentences More

Van driver Allan Preston, 27, from Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, may have fallen asleep because of the amount of work he was asked to carry out. He had been working a 10-hour shift during which he drove over 500 miles for Yorkshire-based Driver Hire Nationwide. His vehicle had swerved across the road into the path of a car driven by Ronald Grant, 68, from Lewis in the Western Isles, on the A9 near Dalguise in Perthshire, killing both of them. More

Mr Williams 24, of Welling, London and his fiance Sheila Ryan, 25, of Wallington, Surrey, were both killed on impact in a crash on 20 September 2000. The lorry driver was Paul Couldridge, 44, who killed them in a pile-up when he fell asleep at the wheel. He was jailed for eight years and was banned from driving for life. He had already been told by doctors to stop driving because he suffers from the disorder obstructive sleep apnoea. He fell asleep on the London-bound carriage of the M20 in Kent having nodded off at the wheel 15 times on other journeys.

David Smith, 46, of Church Road, Long Hanborough, was killed in a crash in December 2001. Paul Folan pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, having no insurance and driving without a proper licence. Martin Folan admitted aiding and abetting death by dangerous driving and permitting the no-insurance and no-driving licence offences. The brothers were both jailed for three years and nine months at Oxford Crown Court in April 2002. After 9 months they were expected to be released. More

Paul and Mary McMullan died when a lorry driven by Noel McKenna, 40, from Drumcoobrady, Tydavnet, in Monaghan, went through a junction on the main Ballymena to Ballycastle road, near Dunloy, on 31 January 2003 and crashed into their car. McKenna was found guilty of causing the death of the teachers by dangerous driving. 24 March, 2004 More

Frankie Hodgson, 20, of Peel Street, Carlisle, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. He killed father-of-one John Little, 31, while speeding on the wrong side of the road. Hodgson was sent to a young offenders' institute for five-and-a-half years and banned from driving for six years. More

Graham Travers killed passengers Natalie McCabe, 21, from Shoreham, and Victoria Browne, 19, from Brighton, in a crash in Hove in October 2003. A third girl, Becky Fish, lost a leg. Travers, 21, of Shelldale Road, Portslade, was one-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit, driving at about 60mph in a 30mph limit area, had no insurance, and no driving licence. In a temper, he crashed a borrowed car into a barrier in Portland Road and it rolled onto its roof, leaving Miss McCabe and Miss Browne with injuries from which they died. Travers was jailed for five and a half years. 18 March, 2004. More

June Everitt was crushed to death as she tried to stop Manny Davis, from stealing her vehicle. Miss Everitt, 52, of Luton, Bedfordshire, died on 3 July after being dragged 35ft outside her lock-up garage, St Albans Crown Court heard. Manny Davis, 30, of Artisan Crescent, St Albans, Hertfordshire, had 13 previous convictions involving car theft and burglary. Judge Justice Beatson said he should serve a minimum of 18 years.

George Anderson, 19, from Linwood in Renfrewshire was convicted of causing the death of Suzanne McGuire, a 12-year-old girl, while he was banned from driving and uninsured in December 2002. Anderson was speeding at up to 70mph in a 40mph zone when he hit Suzanne, throwing her into the air and causing fatal injuries. He made no attempt to stop, abandoned the car and dropped the keys down a drain. Anderson was jailed for five years. More

Oct 7 2003 - David Hunter, 27, of Perry Oaks, in Bulbrook, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at Edinburgh High Court. He was jailed for 4 years and banned from driving for 10 years. He killed Iain Reid, 52, of Newburgh, Fife, injured Mr Reid's wife and another friend. Hunter overtook traffic then collided head-on with a Ford Escort driven by Mr Reid. story

August 24 2003 - Lee Jones, 24, of Bournemouth, had drunk four bottles of beer, was travelling at up to 20mph over the limit and had just hung up his mobile phone when his Rover 620i swerved into the wrong lane crashing head-on with a Renault 19, killing James Phillips, 28, of Camborne, Mark Pitman, 18, of Poole, and Suzanne Manning, 23, of Upminster Bridge, Essex. Jones received a �1,500 fine and five-year ban. Dorset Police said there was no evidence to bring a charge of death by dangerous driving. story

October 18, 2002 - 17-year-old Joanna Rivers, a passenger, suffered fatal injuries when the car she was travelling in lost control. After 7 miles of fast driving, Kenyon went over the brow of a hill, saw a slower moving car ahead, stamped on his brakes, skidded across the road and collided head-on with an articulated lorry. Timothy Kenyon, aged 20, a mechanic and coach driver, of Oakworthy, Canworthy Water, near Launceston, was ordered by Judge Jeffery Rucker to pay �250 and was banned from driving for six months. judgement ~ story

June 28, 2003 - Car valeter White had been held up by traffic but when he caught up to the first two cars near Bickleigh he could not stop his black Seat Ibiza in time to prevent himself going into the back of them. He pulled out, crossing the central lines to avoid hitting them, but collided head-on with Michael Rose's Peugeot 405. Mr Rose, father of three, slipped into a coma and died in hospital seven weeks later. Oliver White was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £400, and ordered to pay £55 in costs at Cullompton Magistrates after admitting driving without due care and attention. story

national charity RoadPeace which campaigns for justice for victims of road traffic accidents The offence of causing death by dangerous driving created by the Road Traffic Act 1991 is dealt with at Crown court and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
The lesser offence of careless driving can only be dealt with by magistrates and carries a maximum sentence of a £2,500 fine and driving ban. The law prevents magistrates from taking into account the consequences of the offence.

05 February 2004 - Devon's roads - The council recorded just 36 deaths on the county's roads in 2003 compared with 51 in 2000. Half of all people killed on Devon's roads last year were aged between 17 and 25. Six pedestrians died, along with one cyclist, nine motorcyclists, one motorcycle passenger, 12 car drivers, four car passengers and two lorry drivers.The numbers killed in recent years were 45 in 2002, 46 in 2001 and 51 in 2000.

Date: 2001-02-04 02:05:19 PST Jade Jones, singer with pop group Damage, is haunted by the death of his pregnant sister in a road tragedy. An inquest blamed sister Annette for the crash which threatened the lives of 12 children. Annette, who was 13 weeks pregnant, was driving the youngsters' minibus when she lost control on the A12 near Colchester, Essex. And one of the survivors claimed she was trying to open a bottle of soft drink while at the wheel. He said they started swaying and hit the central reservation. Story

August 25 2000 The Times - PC Darren Riley, 25, was driving to work in heavy rain when his mobile phone bleeped to indicate that it had received a text message. He tapped ten buttons to scroll through the three-page text message. The officer continued driving hard, reaching speeds of 75-90mph on the rural road as he overtook another car. He then lost control of his Nissan Primera as it skidded off the road and crashed into a tree. He did not survive.

24 February, 2001 - Pc Wayne Naylor, 39, a firearms officer and police driving instructor, was fined £500 after admitting responsibility for a 100mph accident in which Pc Peter Evans, a colleague, was killed. He was driving a high performance Vauxhall Omega police car when it veered out of control on the A14 in snow conditions and it skidded for 50 metres on its roof before smashing into a telegraph pole at around 2.30am on February 24 near Bury St Edmunds.

BBC Web site story - Dr Thomas Munch-Petersen lost control of his car on the M1 in Derbyshire in April 2000, while searching for a mint in a jacket draped over his passenger seat. Two men and a pregnant woman died in the pile-up caused by his car veering from the fast lane of the motorway. I'll spare you the details of the pile-up.