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Drink-driver Tommy Whitmore jailed over deaths of three people in Peterborough wrong-way crash

Tommy Whitmore has been jailed for causing the crash. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A drink-driver who killed three people when he drove his pick-up truck the wrong way down a slip road in Peterborough has been jailed for eight years and four months.

Tommy Whitmore, 26, was warned by his girlfriend not to drive after he'd been out drinking on April 13, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

He was also under the influence of cannabis and had been awake for more than 20 hours.

Whitmore crashed head-on into a car at the slip road to Stanground off the Fletton Parkway - killing brother and sister Tomas Kocko 19, and Jana Kockova, 21, along with Jana’s fiancé Marko Makula, 22.

Tomas (left), Jana (Middle) and Marko (Right) all died in the crash. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Marko and Jana had been to pick up Tomas and were heading home when the crash happened.

They had two children, but thankfully they were being looked after at home.

Whitmore, of Pinchbeck in Lincolnshire, admitted causing the deaths of the three by dangerous driving.

The crash happened near Peterborough. Credit: Terry Harris

During a roadside test in the aftermath of the crash, Whitmore blew 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, well in excess of the legal limit of 35 milligrammes.

"You made a deliberate decision to drive despite being grossly intoxicated," Judge David Farrell QC told Whitmore.

Judge Farrell also said this resulted in Whitmore being "unable to read the road and signs which would have been obvious to a sober driver".

Whitmore will also be banned from driving for nine years and two months when he gets out of prison.

“There is no sentence that can bring back the parents of the two young children who have been orphaned by Whitmore’s actions or bring comfort to the families of the three young victims but Whitmore is now behind bars and being punished," PC Kevin Drury said.

“Anyone considering drinking or taking drugs and getting behind the wheel should pay heed to this case, which has devastated three families and led to a lengthy prison sentence for a young man.”