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Mother in court over 3 year old daughter's death

Alanda Pike pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving Credit: Dorset Police

A woman who pleaded guilty in connection with a crash that killed her daughter, is due to be sentenced.

Alanda Pike, who's 34 and from Shaftesbury, was involved in the collision near Blandford in August.

Her three year old daughter suffered a head injury and died in hospital.

Pike pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.


Biker jailed for dangerous driving after police pursuit

A 22 year old doorman has been jailed for six months for dangerous driving in Crawley.

Saif Khan from Ealing in London drove on the wrong side of the road and jumped two red lights to get away from police officers attempting to pull him over.

PC Steve Creal and PC Pete May saw the Yamaha scooter tailgating cars and breaking the speed limit southbound on the M23 on the evening of 16th February.

The officers tried to pull him over but the bike took off, going around 100mph to get away from them.

The pursuit ended after Khan crashed into a BMW while driving on the wrong side of the road, breaking his hand.

The driver of the BMW was uninjured.

Khan was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving without insurance or a licence after he was released from hospital.

"Khan put himself and others in danger due to his reckless and dangerous driving. Instead of stopping on the M23, he continued to break the speed limit and try and get away from officers. His actions, jumping a red light and driving on the wrong side of the road, was extremely dangerous and is a miracle they neither himself nor anyone was not more seriously hurt or killed."

– PC Steve Creal, Sussex Police

Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

Michael Everson has been sentenced to six years in jail Credit: Sussex Police

A Lancing man who was driving a van which left the road and crashed into a tree, killing one of the passengers, has been jailed for six years.

32-year-old Michael Everson, who's unemployed, and of Gravelly Crescent, was sentenced after appearing at Chichester Crown Court on Tuesday.

Everson was banned from driving for six years.

Everson had been at the wheel of a red Vauxhall Movano van shortly before 1am on Saturday, June 13, last year when it left the road in Offington Avenue in Salvington, Worthing, and struck a tree near its junction with Offington Drive.

Passenger Samuel Frost died at the scene.

Everson fled the scene on foot but was traced and arrested.

"Our investigation found that Michael Everson had consumed a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis in the hours prior to the collision. At the time of the collision he was also carrying four people in the front passenger seats of the van which were only designed to safely carry two people.

"His decision to drive the van that evening in such an intoxicated state, and with so many passengers, was highly irresponsible and ultimately led to the tragic death of Samuel Frost.

"The gravity of this case was further aggravated by the fact the Everson ran away from the scene in an attempt to evade responsibility for his actions."

– Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Sussex Road Policing unit

Woman jailed for causing death of jogger

Linda Ann Jenns has been sentenced to 30 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

An Ashford woman who was found guilty of causing the death of a jogger has been jailed for two and a half years.

Linda Ann Jenns, 49, of Richborough Way, Kingsnorth, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court on 12 June.

She was sentenced to 30 months on 22 June. She also received a four-year driving disqualification and will have to take a test again to get her licence back.

On 4 January last year 45-year old Paul Stinton was out jogging when he was hit by a white Ford Kuga along Simone Weil Avenue as he tried to cross the road. He died from his injuries three weeks later.

When interviewed by Kent Police, Jenns said that as she had driven through the traffic lights they were amber.

"This tragic collision happened at a busy set of traffic lights. Drivers need to be aware of the changing traffic lights and drive at a speed appropriate to the conditions. The Highway code states that even amber lights should be stopped at unless you have crossed the stop line or to stop would cause an accident."

– Investigating officer PC David Jeeves

Appeal following dangerous driving incident

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an incident of dangerous driving in Banbury.

The incident took place at about 6.20pm on Thursday in the town centre.

A grey Mitsubishi Lancer Evo in Gatteridge Street was seen driving along Upper Windsor Street, through the traffic lights at Bridge Street and into Cherwell Street, into Concorde Avenue before turning left onto Hennef Way and the right along the A423 towards Southam.

It was reported that the car was travelling at speeds in excess of the legal speed limits police would ask anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to call 101.


72 year old disqualified from driving after causing death by dangerous driving

A man has been sentenced to a two year suspended prison sentence after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

72 year-old Michael Challis, of Lister Road, London, was found guilty of the offence by a jury following a trial at Reading Crown Court on 10 October.

He was sentenced yesterday at Reading Crown Court to a five year disqualification from driving, he must complete an extended driving test to re-obtain his driving licence and was ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge in addition to the suspended sentence, which was suspended for two years.

At around 3.50pm on 26 February 2013 Challis was travelling in a blue Suzuki Vitara from Hermitage towards Chieveley on Priors Court Road, when it entered the path of a silver Nissan Micra travelling in the opposite direction and the vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

A third car, a black Mercedes, then collided with the car containing Challis. The driver of the car Katherine Howard, known to her family and friends as Katy, who was aged 32, died at the scene. Challis was reported for causing death by dangerous driving on 16 August 2013.

This sentencing today follows a long and protracted investigation. While it cannot make up for the loss of Katy to her family, I hope it can provide a sense of closure for them.

– PC David Beeson, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Man charged after motorcyclist died in crash last year

A 75-year-old man, charged with death by careless driving, will face magistrates next month after a collision in Teynham.

Kent Police have been investigating the collision since it happened back in September 2013.

Officers were called to the A2, London Road after a motorcyclist and a HGV collided.

The motorcyclist, 44-year-old Jeremy James Nicholson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thomas Brooks, of Christchurch Way in Dover, was arrested but has been bailed to appear at Maidstone Magistrates Court on 21st May.

Gosport MP pushes for dangerous driving review

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage pushed the Prime Minister today to review the maximum sentence for causing dangerous death by driving.

The question follows the recent sentencing of Samuel Etherington who was sentenced to nine years on prison after causing the death of two young girls.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, died after they were hit by Samuel's car.

Speaking in the House of Commons Caroline asked the Prime Minister:

“Last week a judge sentenced a Gosport man to 9 years in prison for causing the death by dangerous driving of two teenage girls. Given that amounts to effectively 4 years per life, does the PM agree that it is high time we looked again at the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving?”

The Prime Minister replied: "The point she raises about dangerous driving is indeed an issue that was raised at Prime Ministers questions last week.

"As I said then, I think it’s important that the Lord Chancellor and his department look carefully at what more we can do to send the clearest possible message about the unacceptability of this crime.”

Caroline has recently written to the Justice Minister asking for a review of the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving, which currently stands at 14 years.

Chauffeur jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

A chauffeur has been handed a prison sentence of more than four years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in Edenbridge.

On Sunday 27 January 2013, Raymond Anokye-Amponsah’s BMW 520 collided with a Honda XL700, being ridden by 41 year-old Sevenoaks resident James Shaw.

The BMW was travelling on Bough Beech Road in Edenbridge, towards the junction with Four Elms Road.

Traffic entering Four Elms Road from Bough Beech Road is controlled by a ‘Stop’ line, but the BMW travelled through this, striking the motorcycle.

Raymond Anokye-Amponsah has been jailed for four years Credit: Kent Police

Having heard the collision, residents and passers by stopped to help Mr Shaw, but he died at the scene. 53 year-old Raymond Anokye-Amponsah, from Wembley, was uninjured and was promptly arrested.

Amponsah was then charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

On 19 February he was sentenced to four years and four months in prison. He will be disqualified from driving and will have to take an extended test before he can drive again.

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