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Dangerous driver sentenced over pedestrian’s death

|News, Driving offences

A man who drove on the wrong side of the road when he struck and killed a pedestrian has been jailed for six years and nine months.

On 12 December 2019, Daniel Richard Bracher, 23, of Wolverhampton, drove his red Peugeot 201 at speeds of 40mph on the wrong side of the road, overtaking slower moving cars before colliding with two pedestrians on Parkfield Road, Wolverhampton as they crossed the road at a crossing point.

Both pedestrians were thrown into the air and down the carriageway by the impact of the car. Damien Hubbard, 43, suffered fatal injuries and was declared dead at the scene. A female pedestrian received life changing injuries including a shattered pelvis, broken leg and spinal injuries.

Bracher pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 11 November 2020 to one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was sentenced yesterday (17 December 2020) at the same court.

Lynne Warrington of the CPS said: “Daniel Bracher made a deliberate decision to exceed the speed limit and travel on the wrong side of the road, with a complete disregard for the rules of the road and the danger being caused to others. He will now face the consequences of his actions.”

Notes to editors

  • Lynne Warrington is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands
  • Daniel Richard Bracher (D.o.B. 19 January 1997) was sentenced for;
    • One count of causing death by dangerous driving, contrary to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 - six years, nine months' imprisonment
    • One count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving contrary to Section 1A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 - three years, to be served concurrently
  • Total time imprisonment: six years, nine months
  • He was also disqualified from driving for seven years and four-and-a-half months with an extended re-test.

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