Driver jailed for killing three people in crash near Hawkhurst

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A man has been jailed for seven and a half years for killing three people in a car crash near Hawkhurst and seriously injuring a teenage boy.

All four were travelling in the car being driven by Jack Diamond (29), who had pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Two were work colleagues of Diamond’s, while the third was a 16 year old friend, who died from her injuries three days later at a hospital in London.

The group had visited three pubs during the course of the evening of the crash and Diamond was over the drink drive limit at the time of the crash. CCTV footage from nearby properties confirmed no other vehicles were involved.

Richard Link, from the CPS, said: “The defendant initially said that he was driving within the speed limit, knew the road well and had only had a moderate amount of alcohol to drink, but with such a strong case against him, he pleaded guilty to all the charges against him.

“Through a combination of forensic examination of the scene and the vehicle, we were able to clearly demonstrate that the road and the bend would have presented no challenge to anyone driving carefully.

“A combination of the defendant’s excessive speed and him being over the legal drink drive limit resulted in the tragic death of three people.”

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  • Richard Link is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS South East

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