Motorist convicted of causing death by dangerous driving


Stephen Whilde, 24, has today been jailed for two years, suspended for two years, at Shrewsbury Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of William Bye by dangerous driving.

On 27 November 2016, the two 24-year-olds were travelling on the A529 from Adderley towards Audlem, in Whilde's Honda Civic Type-R. The pair had been taking it in turns to drive the vehicle but at the time of the collision the defendant was driving.

As the car approached a right hand bend, Whilde lost control of the car, it left the carriageway and collided with fencing near a hedgerow.

The fencing hit and penetrated through the windscreen striking the victim in the head, causing a serious brain injury. The car then carried on through the hedgerow and came to rest in a nearby field. Emergency services were then called and Mr Bye was transported to Stoke University Hospital where he was pronounced dead later that evening.

Following a police investigation it became apparent that Whilde was driving in excess of the speed limit.

The defendant pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving and was was also ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for five years.

Heath Westerman, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "This prosecution highlights the dangers and consequences of not obeying speed limits. In this case, Stephen Whilde had been driving at excessive speeds as he travelled along the A529 and as a result he lost control of the car as it approached a bend.

"We would like to remind road users to observe speed limits at all times, otherwise you are not only putting yourself at risk, but other road users too.

"Our thoughts are with family and friends of Mr Bye at this time."