Death-crash driver sentenced to five years

|News, Driving offences

Daniel Whitehand has today (23 April) been sentenced to five years' imprisonment at Grimsby Crown Court.

Whitehand was at the wheel of a Peugeot 207 carrying three passengers, when, driving at grossly excessive speed between Broughton and Barton upon Humber, he lost control of the vehicle, leading to the death of 17-year-old Paige Collier and causing serious injury to her lifelong best friend Jasmine Codling.

Jeremy Evans from the CPS said: "Daniel Whitehand made a deliberate and conscious decision to drive at grossly excessive speeds on an unlit country road that eventually led to a total loss of control of his vehicle.

"This resulted in a catastrophic single vehicle road traffic collision. The car left the road and ended up on its roof on the grass verge.

"Tragically, Paige Collier, one of the  rear seat passengers, lost her life. The other rear seat passenger, Jasmine Codling, sustained life-changing injuries. Both girls were only 17 years old.

"Whitehand pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving ten days before the previous hearing was due to start.

"He has now been sentenced to five years in prison and disqualified from driving for four years after his release. This serves as a stark reminder of the consequences for those who choose to deliberately and recklessly engage in bad driving.

"I hope the sentence brings some comfort to Paige's bereaved family and to Jasmine and her family and friends. Our thoughts remain with them all."

Notes to editors

  • Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Daniel Whitehand was sentenced to a total of five years for causing death by dangerous driving  and two years for causing serious injury through dangerous driving, to be served concurrently.

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