Driver jailed for fatal head on collision

13/07/2017

A 34-year-old man has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Ryan Reardon had driven into the oncoming traffic on 5 June 2017, colliding head on with a Vauxhall Zafira being driven by Christine Rowe. She died as a result of her injuries and her husband, Brian Rowe, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The Court heard that he had been reported by another motorist for his bad driving less than an hour earlier on the A467. Reardon proceeded onto the A48 towards Newport city centre and George Street.

He drove to the wrong side of a keep left sign on Chepstow Road, and was travelling too fast when he crashed straight into Mr and Mrs Rowe.

A blood sample that Reardon provided to the Police showed the presence of cocaine.

Janine Davies of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "It is sometimes difficult to decide which charge reflects the manner of driving properly in law, but in this instance it was clear. Reardon had collided with several vehicles immediately before the fatal collision where he had simply tried to push his way between two lines of traffic.

"His consumption of cocaine was a factor in this case and the danger he posed to other road users that day was significant."

Reardon was sentenced to eight years and eight months imprisonment in total and was disqualified from driving for fourteen years and four months. He was also ordered to pass an extended driving test.

Janine added: "Our sympathies are extended to the Rowe family for their loss."