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Nottinghamshire man sentenced after 32-year-old killed in collision

A 62-year-old man has been sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Victor Grimmer, from Main Street, Huthwaite, was driving his Ford Mondeo towards Lincoln at Rand, on the A158 on the evening of Saturday, 12 December 2020.

He crossed over into the eastbound carriageway and hit a white Vauxhall Mokka travelling towards Skegness just after 5.45 pm.

The collision caused the Ford Mokka, driven by Tara Green, 32, to rotate 180 degrees and leave the carriageway. The vehicle came to rest in a field on its side.

The driver sadly died at the scene, while the front-seat passenger suffered extremely serious and life-changing injuries.

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Grimmer told investigators during a police interview that he had been blinded by oncoming lights or he may have been cleaning his windscreen when the collision took place.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and a trial was held at Lincoln Crown Court in March this year.

The court heard that forensic tests showed the oncoming Vauxhall Mokka did not have its lights on the main beam for at least three seconds prior to the collision.

The jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, he was remanded into custody until sentence.

Today, Thursday, 27 April, he was sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Tara Green by dangerous driving, and a three-year sentence for causing serious injury, to run concurrently.

He was also banned from driving for seven and half years and ordered to take an extended retest.

The family of Tara Green have asked us to share her picture, they said: “The verdict was obviously the right one, but we are now trying to live our lives without our beautiful, treasured daughter and sister,”

“We know that no sentence given would justify our loss but once again our judicial system has proved inadequate with its interpretation of what sentence should be awarded to a remorseless individual who has taken away the life of someone special who had so much to look forward to.

“Tara…you will be missed and loved forever by us and by all your family and friends. Love You TJ XXX.”

Tara Green’s partner said:

“Although there’s been some justice today, all being not long enough,Tara Green will never get her life back, I will never heal from my injuries physically, mentally and emotionally. Our baby will never know her other parent in addition to having life-limiting health issues.

“My best friend and partner of 7 years got taken away at a moment in life when our family was just starting and that loss will never be filled.

“I’ll forever cherish Tara and the time we had together, time cut far too short.”

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