Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

Nottingham Crown Court

Police have reminded motorists of the dangers of overtaking after a man was jailed for four years for causing a fellow driver’s death by dangerous driving. He was also given a 5 year driving ban.

Amy Young, 31, died when her Peugeot collided head-on with a Vauxhall van on the A6006 Rempstone Road in Nottinghamshire at around 1.10am on 4 August 2016.

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The van driver, 23-year-old Ashley Lakin, had attempted to overtake a lorry on a blind bend before colliding with Miss Young’s Peugeot.

She died at the scene despite the efforts of other motorists to help her.

Lakin, formerly of Burrough Street, Kegworth, Leicestershire, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today (11 October) after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

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Lakin also pleaded guilty to being in possession of cannabis.

Sergeant Ash Thornton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Lakin attempted to overtake a HGV on a rural road in darkness and with a limited view of the oncoming carriageway. His manoeuvre was dangerous and unnecessary and it tragically resulted in a head-on collision with the vehicle being driven by Amy Young in the opposite direction. “This has obviously devastated Amy’s family who have been very patient throughout a lengthy investigation. “I would like to remind all drivers of the risks when overtaking and want to appeal to drivers to think very carefully before committing to such a manoeuvre and to consider whether overtaking is really necessary?

“Overtaking can be risky on single carriageway roads and is likely to shave just a few seconds or minutes off a total journey time. When overtaking, drivers must ensure that the road ahead is absolutely clear and do not take any chances as getting it wrong often results in serious collisions which can result in fatalities. “A number of our investigations relate to poor overtaking which could easily have been avoided. All serious collisions are thoroughly investigated and drivers who cause serious injuries through dangerous driving can expect to be prosecuted and are likely to face jail.”