Driver sentenced for causing death by careless driving on A518

|News, Driving offences

A motorist, who crashed head on into another car as he tried to carry out an overtaking manoeuvre on the A518, has today been given a suspended jail sentence for causing death by careless driving.

On 20 October 2016, Alec Jenks, 45, was the driver of a Peugeot 407 travelling towards Newport. Heading in the opposite direction in his Vauxhall Corsa was the victim, 64-year-old Barry Thomas.

As the defendant approached the junction with Walkley Bank, Aqualate, he was stuck in traffic which had formed due to a slow moving HGV.

Jenks pulled into the opposite lane to begin the manoeuvre despite it being obvious that he would not be able to do so in time. He failed to observe oncoming traffic and crashed head on into the victim’s car.

The emergency services were called to the scene, but sadly Mr Thomas died from his injuries at the roadside.

Mr Jenks initially denied driving badly during police interview. However, at court he accepted that his actions were careless and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

He was today given a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended re-test.

Anjuli Shergill, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Alec Jenks' standard of driving fell far below that of a careful and competent driver in the circumstances. He failed to make sure the road was sufficiently clear ahead of him before he started to overtake the HGV.

“As the defendant made his move, he failed to spot the victim’s car coming towards him and when he did, it was too late.

“Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Mr Thomas.”

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