Tandem deaths crash driver jailed for 10.5 years

Couple's faces
Ross and Clare Simons. Photo: Family photograph

A disqualified driver who killed a married couple as they rode their tandem bike through Hanham in South Gloucestershire has been sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison and banned from driving for life.

Nicholas Lovell of West Street, Oldland Common, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons by dangerous driving.

The 38-year-old ran from the scene of the crash on Sunday, January 27. He handed himself into police hours later.

His partner Louise Cox (35) was given 12 months for perverting the course of justice. She lied to police about who was driving. Two young children were in the car at the time.

It was the maximum term the judge could hand down.

Bristol Crown Court heard Ross and Clare, who would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary two days ago, were described as the 'perfect couple with everything to live for'.

Ross (34) and Clare (30) had plans to start a family and had received their first course of IVF treatment 24 hours before their deaths.

Lovell has a string of driving convictions stretching back more than 20 years, including four of driving while disqualified.

Your deep selfishness and disregard for others is breath-taking.

– Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, passing sentence on Nicholas Lovell