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Driver sentenced for causing fatal crash

|News, Driving offences

A driver who veered into oncoming traffic colliding with two other vehicles, killing one of the passengers, has been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court.

Iestyn Jones, 54, had been driving his Hyundai iX35 on the A4046 Cwm Road near Ebbw Vale on 6 July 2019 when he crossed the carriageway colliding with a Ford Fiesta and a Suzuki Swift.

The driver of the Fiesta suffered minor injuries but the driver and passenger of the second vehicle hit were taken to hospital with severe injuries.  The passenger sadly died the following day.  

During the trial the jury heard that Iestyn Jones told witnesses at the scene that he was “..messing with the radio.” In his evidence to the jury, Mr Jones admitted tuning the car radio during the journey, but it was before the bypass where the crash occurred.  

Leighton Mawer of the CPS said: “This case reminds us all of how important it is to remain fully focussed when driving.  Mr Jones’ failure to do so ended in a tragic loss of life.

“Our thoughts remain with Mr Cullerton and his family, as well as Mrs Cullerton’s friends who have all suffered a terrible loss.”

Iestyn Jones was sentenced to five years and six months' imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for five years and nine months, and ordered to take an extended driving test.  

Notes to editors

  • Leighton Mawer is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Iestyn Jones (DOB: 24/9/1967) was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving
  • Shirley Cullerton died 7 July 2019.

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