Death crash driver sentenced

By a County Press reporter

Published on Friday, July 04, 2014 - 13:56


​A YOUNG driver involved in a collision, which led to the deaths of two people, has been sentenced at the Isle of Wight Crown Court today (Friday).

Jack Powell, 18, had pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving, following the crash on Mersley Down Road on January 2.

Powell suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital. The 14-year-old passenger travelling in the front of the Renault Clio being driven by Powell, Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger in the Renault Megane his car collided with, Barbara Ford, 67, died of her injuries the following day. Her husband Douglas Ford, of Brading, was treated for minor injuries.

A 13-year-old girl, also travelling in Powell's car, is still recovering from her injuries — which included two broken legs — according to police.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation found it was extremely unlikely Mr Ford would have been able to avoid the collision with Powell's Clio, because it suddenly appeared in his pathway.

Investigators believe the Clio lost control on a right hand bend shortly before the collision and then crossed onto the oncoming carriageway where it was struck by the oncoming Megane. 

The front of the Megane collided with the nearside of the Clio causing substantial damage to the Clio, police said

Powell, of High Street, Sandown, was today (Friday) sentenced to a 12 month community order with 250 hours' unpaid work. 

He was given a nine month curfew and a five year disqualification from driving, with an order to have an extended retest before being allowed to return to driving. 

Sgt Rob Heard, deputy senior investigating officer, said: "This is a tragic case which has brought about the untimely and sudden loss of two people and serious injuries to three others.

"Jack Powell had passed his driving test just two weeks before this collision, and this case highlights the dangers that young and new drivers face when first taking to the roads independently.

"Young drivers need to be aware that just because they have passed a driving test does not mean that they are fully experienced drivers. 

"Experience is gained every time we take to the road and never stops, we are all learning and developing our driving skills every day we drive on our roads.

"There are many courses available to help new drivers to develop their skills and I would urge young drivers to undertake additional training after passing their tests whenever possible.

"Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the families and friends of all concerned, as this tragic incident has affected many people." 

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