Lee Stoodley guilty of causing death by careless driving


Lee Stoodley was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court yesterday, (March 28), after being convicted of death by careless driving while over the drink drive alcohol limit.

Lee Stoodley (33) was behind the wheel when he failed to negotiate a roundabout on the A38 Bristol Road at Dunball on December 20, 2015, crashing the BMW car he was driving into a tree. The crash left his two back seat passengers with serious injuries, and one of them, Lewis Rogers (24), died at the scene of the accident.

He appeared before His Honour Judge David Evans and was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment, disqualified from driving for 10 and a half  years and will have to take an extended driving test before he can legally get behind the wheel of any vehicle again.

Crown Prosecution Service South West said “This was an accident that should never have happened. Lee Stoodley should never have got behind the wheel of a car having knowingly consumed alcohol.  This sentence reflects the seriousness of consequences that took place in December 2015. We hope this acts as a blunt warning to anyone thinking about driving after consuming alcohol – that decision can take a life.”