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Driver who caused fatal collision is jailed

12 Sep 2016 10:00 AM

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A man who admitted causing a collision that claimed the life of his friend has been jailed for nearly two years.

Brian Boak, 40, of Ellesmere Avenue, Walker, has been sent to prison after he admitted his part in a collision that claimed the life of 48-year-old Daniel 'Jimmy' Jones.

The pair had been driving at excess speed across North Tyneside when Jimmy lost control of his Ford Puma and collided with a tree on Hadrian Road in Wallsend.

He was taken to hospital by paramedics but was sadly pronounced dead by doctors.

Boak was arrested in connection with the collision and after a lengthy investigation by Northumbria Police's Motor Patrols officers he was charged with offences.

He admitted causing death by careless driving and possession of amphetamine with intent to supply and today (Friday Sept 9) he was jailed for 22 months and handed a four year driving ban.

Chief inspector Dave Guthrie, of Northumbria Police's Operations Department, said: "It is always tragic when somebody loses their life on the road and we recognise that no sentence would be able to make up for the devastation caused that evening.

"On that evening Boak was driving at excess speed and was under the influence of drugs. He was lucky that he did not crash his vehicle and is lucky that he was able to stand in court today to accept his punishment.

"This type of behaviour is dangerous but I am sad to say that this is not the first case of this nature to have occurred in our region.

"Motorists need to take responsibility and respect the rules of the road. Our Op Dragoon team will continue to target any drivers who fail to do that and put more lives at risk.

"This custodial sentence sends a strong message about the consequences of behaving in such a way and I hope it makes some people think twice about how they act when they get behind the wheel."

A spokesperson for Jimmy’s family said: “As a family we are very happy at the sentence passed today. This has been a very traumatic three years for us and we are happy that it is finally at an end.”

Anyone who suspects a person of dangerous driving, or driving under the influence of drink or drugs, should contact the Op Dragoon team on 101.