Motorist jailed causing death by dangerous driving on B5107

07/08/2015

A driver who pleaded guilty to conducting an illegal overtaking manoeuvre at speed which resulted in the death of a fellow motorist has today been sentenced to four years Stafford Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving.

On 18 May 2014, 23-year-old Benjamin Dade from Draycott in The Clay, Ashbourne was driving his Volkswagen Golf saloon along the B5107 in Staffordshire, which has a 60mph speed limit and prohibited overtaking sections. The victim, Gary White, aged 40, was also travelling in the same direction in his Volkswagen Golf convertible with the roof down.

Both cars were being driven from Barton under Needwood towards a junction known locally as Six Lanes End. As they approached this junction, the defendant proceeded to overtake the victim's car at speed on a blind bend crossing a solid white line which prohibited overtaking at this location.

On coming out of the bend,  still side by side with the victim's car  the defendant  was faced with oncoming vehicle which has caused him to sharply pull in front of the victim's car. This action resulted in the victim losing control of his car to avoid a collision, mounting the verge to the left from where it crossed the carriageway, left the ground and came to rest on its roof in a field adjoining the road.

The defendant failed to stop at the scene.

Emergency services were called by passing motorists but the victim was pronounced dead at the roadside.

Dade was eventually arrested and he pleaded guilty on 23 June 2015 to causing death by dangerous driving      

Martin Lindop, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Benjamin Dade's actions that day demonstrated no regard for the safety of other road users. He drove at speed, ignoring the road markings and conducted a dangerous and illegal overtaking manoeuvre on a blind bend.

"As a result of his aggressive driving he was unable to react safely to a car coming in the opposite direction.

"As a consequence, he pulled in sharply in front of the victim's car which caused Mr White to lose control of his car with devastating consequences.

"We hope this prosecution reminds all motorists of the importance of obeying the road markings and signs and to always be aware of your fellow road users.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr White."