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Driver sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving

|News, Driving offences

A man who drove his car off an overpass resulting in the death of his girlfriend has been sentenced to seven and a half years’ imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.

Andrew Vowles, 35, had been in Cardiff City Centre with his girlfriend, Danielle Andrews, and had planned to stay at the Park Inn Hotel, but they left there in the early hours of 28 November 2020.

Vowles drove his VW Golf northbound on the A470 before driving up the slip road of the Coryton interchange, failing to stop at the lights and overshooting the junction. The vehicle crashed through the barrier of the overpass and flipped landing on its roof amongst the trees below.

Vowles was able to get out of the car and signal a passing lorry driver but Danielle’s injuries were fatal. 

Leighton Mawer of the CPS said: “Andrew Vowles made a decision to drive in the manner he did and bears responsibility for what happened. It was his actions that resulted in a young woman having her life taken so tragically.

“Our thoughts remain with Danielle’s family and friends who have suffered a terrible loss.”

Vowles was sentenced on 16 February 2022 and received seven years and six months’ imprisonment and was also disqualified from driving for eight years and nine months and ordered to sit an extended driving test.

Notes to editors

  • Leighton Mawer is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Andrew William John Vowles (DOB: 2/1/1987) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
  • Danielle Andrews died on 28 November 2020 aged 28-years-old.

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