Driver jailed for causing death of passenger by dangerous driving

20/01/2017

A driver, who lost control of a high performance sports car, resulting in it colliding with a tree and bursting into flames, has today been jailed at Worcester Crown Court to three years' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty of causing the death of his passenger by dangerous driving.

Brynley Morris, 31, was driving an Audi RS6 on 7 January 2016 along the B4096 towards Bromsgrove.

As the vehicle entered the village of Lickey, the defendant tried to negotiate a sweeping left-hand bend, but he lost control of the car, resulting in the vehicle leaving the road, colliding with a tree and bursting into flames.

Members of the public called the emergency services and some tried to put the flames out with buckets of water.

Andrew Harding died at the scene of the collision. The defendant and the front seat passenger were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham to be treated for their injuries.

Following a police investigation, it was concluded that Morris had been driving the Audi at a speed between 112 and 135mph before the collision. The speed limit on that road being 40mph. When the car left the road, it impacted with a tree at a speed of 73mph.

The defendant was arrested and he later pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Brynley Morris was driving a high performance vehicle at nearly three times the speed limit.

"Due to the dangerous standard of his driving, the defendant lost control of the car which resulted in the vehicle leaving the road and colliding with a tree. It then burst into flames, killing one of the occupants.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public who tried valiantly to put out the flames and rescue the occupants of the car. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Harding."