Two men jailed for causing death by dangerous driving - Reading

21/10/2015

Two men appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Wednesday, 21 October 2015, and were each jailed for four years and eight months for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving in Reading.

David Puryer, aged 24, of Rotherfield Way, Emmer Green, Reading, was sentenced after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at the same court on 11 August 2015.

Oliver Enstone, aged 27, of Waller Court, Caversham, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the same two offences at the same court on 21 August 2015.

In addition to the custodial sentence, both men were also disqualified from driving for seven years and four months and both vehicles were forfeited.

Puryer and Enstone admitted that on 27 December 2014, a silver Vauxhall Astra being driven by Puryer was driving competitively close to a red Seat Leon being driven by Enstone. Puryer lost control of his vehicle which mounted the pavement and collided with two pedestrians.

Irene Rodriguez-Caballero, aged 36, who was walking in Caversham Road with her 34-year-old partner Jonatan Bosque, sustained life-threatening injuries and subsequently died in hospital on 29 December. Her partner also sustained serious life-changing injuries.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved a terrible incident, which led to the untimely death of 36-year-old Irene Rodriguez-Caballero and the serious injury of her boyfriend 34-year-old Jonatan Bosque. This was a tragic waste of a life and one which could have been avoided.

"At about 9pm on Saturday, 27 December 2014, Irene and Jonatan were walking along the pavement adjacent to Caversham Road, Reading, just meters from home when they were struck from behind by an Astra driven by David Puryer. A Seat Leon, driven by Oliver Enstone, had been competitively driving with the Astra causing Puryer to lose control after the roundabout and mount the pavement. Prior to entering the roundabout the Astra, as identified from the sat nav, was being driven at 50mph. Irene's serious injuries resulted in her death two days later. Jonatan received multiple skull fractures and two broken legs. His injuries were so severe that he was unable to attend Irene's funeral.

"Puryer was arrested at the scene and during a police interview admitted causing the collision.  Enstone saw the collision, but did not stop and was arrested after he was traced through his vehicle details.  During his first police interview he denied racing the Astra and said the Astra driver was driving beyond his means.  In a later interview when shown CCTV and the sat nav evidence and witness statements he answered 'no comment.'  However, they both recognised that justice had caught up with them and on 11 and 21 August 2015, respectively, at Reading Crown Court, due to the strength of the evidence against them, they pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving and that they were competitively driving.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation began and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We know that nothing will bring Irene back to her family and friends, but we hope that the convictions and today's sentences bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done. We also hope that Jonatan, who has shown great courage throughout this process, continues with his recovery. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Speaking following the sentencing, senior investigating officer Sergeant Ashley Hannibal, from Thames Valley Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This collision happened just two days after Christmas Day as a result of the irresponsible actions of Puryer and Enstone.

"These devastating actions resulted in a family losing someone who was deeply loved by them. Her partner, not only has to come to terms with the loss of Irene, but also with the very serious injuries which will have a lasting impact upon his life.

"I hope the fact that these two men will serve time in prison will go some way to helping the family come to terms with their loss, although I recognise this will never bring Irene back. Thames Valley Police thoroughly investigates collisions, using specially trained officers to establish the circumstances and to support Irenes family throughout the process, resulting in the offenders being brought to justice."