Driver convicted of causing death by dangerous driving

|News, Driving offences

A man who crashed into another vehicle on the M4 killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child has been convicted at Swansea Crown Court.

Craig Scott, 51, was driving to work on the M4 near Port Talbot when the traffic in front of him came to a standstill. He failed to notice the stationary vehicles and drove into the back of the Peugeot 407 motor vehicle in front of him. The collision killed the passenger of the Peugeot, Rebecca Evans, and her unborn child, and injured the driver and another child sat in the rear of the Peugeot.

Jenni Harris from the CPS said: “The defendant accepted he caused death by careless driving, but the CPS did not believe this accurately reflected the manner of his driving that day, taking Scott to trial on the more serious offence of causing death by dangerous driving.

“The circumstances of this case are tragic and it is a stark reminder of how lives are affected by poor driving.

“We thank all those who came forward to give evidence in this case, and also the family and friends of Rebecca for their support and understanding through the court process. Our sympathies remain with them for their loss.”

Craig Scott was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years, which was extended to a six-and-a-half-year ban.

Notes to editors

  • Jenni Harris is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Craig John SCOTT (DOB: 26/11/66) was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • The collision occurred near J38 of the M4 on 29 November 2016.

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