Speeding Kent motorist who caused fatal crash is jailed for two years

Contributed by editor on May 28, 2017 - 07:55 PM


A speeding motorist who crashed into an oncoming vehicle, leaving a woman with fatal injuries, has been jailed for two years.


Ian Harvey, 24, from Shorne, Gravesend, lost control of the car he was driving while negotiating a left hand bend in Lower Road, Higham, in December 2015. This caused him to move to right and into the path of another oncoming car.

On Friday 26 May 2017, at Maidstone Crown Court, he was sentenced to two years imprisonment after admitting causing death by careless driving.

He was also banned from driving for three years, which will only begin when he is released from prison.

The court heard that on 5 December 2015 Harvey was travelling along Lower Higham Road onto Lower Road in the moments leading to the collision.

Excess speed

While travelling along this road he overtook another car at excess speed.

Shortly after he lost control of the Ford Fiesta while negotiating a slight left hand bend.

This caused his vehicle to swerve from left to right before colliding with an oncoming Ford Focus. The collision happened entirely on the Focus’ side of the carriageway.

The occupants of both vehicles, despite being injured, were able to get out of the vehicles however it was quickly established that the victim had life threatening injures. She later died at the scene.

All of the other people travelling in the vehicles were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Police Constable Guy Ditcher, the investigating officer for this case, said: ‘Harvey was driving on a narrow, unlit road at 8.30pm in December.

'Chose to ignore hazards'

‘While he did not set out to kill anyone, he chose to ignore the hazards around him and drive well over the speed limit.

‘An entirely innocent and well-loved woman has needlessly lost her life because of these reckless actions and it is only appropriate that he has received this sentence.

‘I hope that other road users look at this case and realise the importance of always sticking to the speed limit and driving to the conditions.’

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