Driver sentenced for killing construction worker

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A motorist who collided with a construction worker on a Newport roundabout has been sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving.

Kevin Tanner, 32, had driven from Sussex to Newport without stopping in order to surprise his girlfriend.  Construction work was taking place on the Ebbw Bridge roundabout with the busy traffic being controlled by lights.

Patrick Hughes had just finished his shift on the construction team and was crossing from the centre of the roundabout towards Tredegar Park gates, when Tanner drove around the roundabout, disobeying the traffic controls. Tanner’s Audi A3 struck Mr Hughes throwing him into the air.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics but later died in hospital.

Kelly Huggins of the CPS said: “The CPS showed in court that Patrick Hughes was wearing high visibility clothing at the time and other motorists could clearly see him.

“Tanner took a risk in trying to beat the traffic, and did not concentrate on what was in front of him. His driving decisions and lack of attention resulted in tragedy.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Hughes, and we thank them for their patience and cooperation while this case came to court.”

Tanner was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment, disqualified from driving for six years and eight months and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Notes to editors

  • Kelly Huggins is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • The offence occurred on 26 January 2018.
  • Patrick Hughes died on 11 February 2018.
  • Kevin TANNER (DOB: 20/11/85) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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