Man sentenced for causing fatal collision

|News, Driving offences

A speeding driver who killed the passenger in another car has been sentenced at Newport Crown Court.

Blane Nunes, 26, was driving a modified VW Golf GTi on a residential street when he crashed into the rear of a Skoda Fabia, hitting it into a parked vehicle. Nunes ran off but was identified from DNA he left on the driver’s airbag. At the time, Nunes was disqualified from driving.

The driver of the Skoda and his passenger, Vladimir Cech, were both injured. However, Mr Cech’s injuries were so serious that he later died as a result of them.

Catrin Davies of the CPS said: “Nunes was driving at such excessive speed that he could not avoid the collision.

“His actions resulted in devastating consequences.

“Although Nunes initially tried to distance himself from the crime, the CPS and Gwent police worked together to build a strong case which brought about a guilty plea at Court.

“We hope the driver of the Skoda has made a full recovery and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Cech over their loss.”

Blane Nunes was sentenced to four years and eight months' imprisonment and was disqualified from driving for seven years and four months.

Notes to editors

  • Catrin Davies is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Blane Nunes (DOB: 2/6/92) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance
  • Vladimir Cech died aged 38 years old
  • The collision occurred at approximately 02:30 on 25 April 2018
  • The case was sentenced on 14 September.

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