What judge told impatient driver who killed grandad during overtaking manoeuvre

An ‘impatient’ van driver who killed a grandfather in a crash on the A47 has been jailed. Michael Melvin wept as his sentence was delivered, hearing that he will spent at least seven years in jail. This is what Judge Richard Brown said as he sentenced him at Leicester Crown Court:

“I have to sentence you for a bad piece of driving. I am not going to repeat the facts of this case but I have reached the conclusion that this was a bad case of careless driving by you. “You were driving your vehicle at about 4pm on that day in road conditions described as lashing it down, of standing water, of the roads spray from vehicles, rain over a period of time that had created a lot of surface water and was running out across the carriageway.

“These were very dangerous conditions for any motorist, however experienced. I accept the evidence of the HGV driver who you overtook moments before this fatal accident.

The scene where the crash happened on the A47

“This was an overtake that you should have never done. The HGV driver describes your driving as very impatient and from what I have heard he is correct.

“You took a chance you should never have taken. “You shouldn’t have been overtaking at this point in any circumstance and given the road conditions it was an even more careless act. “This is not one of those cases of a momentary lapse, it’s not.

Your driving is measured over a period of time leading up to that collision, not just that moment. “This was a period of driving so with the guidelines that I have to follow I am suggesting that your case falls in the most serious category, that is careless driving that fall not far from dangerous driving. “If you hadn’t suffered the head injury and I had the job of sentencing you now following a trial the sentence would be two years imprisonment but it’s right that I make allowance for the fact that you suffered serious head injury yourself in this collision.

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“You have been able to go back to work and you will have been able to resume your former life.

You do have issues you have to face with your mood and with your tempremant. “The sentence is 14 months imprisonment. What that means, is you will spend one half of that in prison and then you will be released with conditions and be able to resume your life with your family and your job.

“I will also disqualify you from driving and you will be disqualified for three years and seven months from December 2017. You will also not drive another vehicle until you have had an extended driving test.

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“To the families of Mr Wall, it’s impossible I know, for you to complete your grieving until there is conclusion on the court proceedings. The court proceedings conclude now.

“That will not lessen the pain or the heart break but I hope you can move on and complete your grieving.

“Thank you for the dignity you have shown in the face of this court.

“To Mr Melvin’s family, I appreciate this is an extremely painful and sad day for you all as well and you too have have displayed dignity in the face of this court.”

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