July 26 2014 Latest news:
Monday, July 7, 2014
A man who was convicted of causing serious injury by driving at nearly 70mph in a 30mph zone has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Jack Stowers from Winters Road, Layer Marney, Colchester crashed his black Lexus LS400 into a Mitsubishi pickup truck on Saturday, August 3, last year in Tiptree.
The crash happened at the junction of the B1023 Kelvedon Road and Oak Road around 10.10pm and police investigations revealed Stowers, 22, was travelling at 68mph in a 30mph limit, despite his passengers asking him to slow down.
One of Stowers’ passengers was seriously injured in the crash and five other people were receiving lesser injuries, including him. The other driver received minor injuries.
Passing sentence over Stowers, His Honour Judge Gratwicke said: “It was merciful that no one was killed. Your driving on the day created a real risk of danger. You disregarded warnings from your passengers.”
Jessica Dunn, 21, from a village near Ipswich, Suffolk, was seriously injured in the crash. She said: “I would just like to say that the past ten months have been the worst of my life. I am glad that criminal procedures are coming to an end today and I can finally start moving on with my life and putting this terrifying experience behind me.
“I would like to say thank you to Essex Police and the other emergency services, as without such a great response I would not be here.
“As for the result in court, I just pray that Mr Stowers has learned his lesson and realises that that one single irresponsible mistake he made has scarred me both emotionally and physically for the rest of my life.
“I’m just thankful that we all got out of the car alive, and I hope Mr Stowers realises the severity of his actions and the cost to all our lives as we knew it. I am by no means at the end of my recovery but closer moving forward from today.”
HH Judge Gratwicke acknowledged that Stowers had shown genuine remorse, and he gave him maximum credit for this. Stowers was sent to prison for eighteen months, disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to take an extended driving test at the end of the disqualification period.
Investigating officer Pc Rob Elvin from Stanway Road Policing Unit said: “Essex Police are committed to reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads. The Judge sent a strong message out to road users that the speed limits are there for the safety of all road users and the wider public.
“If you decide to drive in a dangerous manner in excess of the speed limits, the risks to life can be severe. The sentence passed is fitting on this occasion.”