driver jailed for 11 years after causing fatal crash
Burnham-On-Sea driver who
caused the death of a young man and left another paralysed from
the neck down has been sentenced to 11 years in jail this week.
Stoodley, 33, was handed the sentence on Tuesday (March 28th) after
a week-long trial at Taunton Crown Court.
court heard that Lewis Rogers, a back-seat passenger in a BMW driven
by Stoodley, had died after sustaining serious head injuries when
the vehicle crashed into a tree on the A38 roundabout at Dunball
at just after 1am on December 20th, 2015.
court also heard that Dan Reed, his friend, had suffered life-changing
injuries during the collision and had been left paralysed from the
Hampton, 33, of Riverstone in West Huntspill, previously admitted
a charge of aiding and abetting another to commit an offence and
driving while over the drink drive limit in connection with the
crash. He will be sentenced on April 20th for his part in the collision.
David Evans said on the night of the crash that members of the public
had tried to help Mr Reed and Mr Rogers, but Stoodley and Hampton
had tried to quietly walk away from the scene of the collision.
pictured, from Gielgud Close in Burnham-On-Sea, had denied
causing the death of Lewis Rogers by dangerous driving, by driving
without due care and attention while over the legal drink drive
limit. However, the jurors returned a verdict of guilty and he was
jailed for 11 years.
after the court proceedings, PC Andy Grigg said: "Our thoughts
remain with all of the families involved in this tragedy."
family have had to not only endure losing a son and friend but also
had to wait over a year for justice."
got behind the wheel of the car knowing he had consumed excess alcohol."
then drove recklessly, endangering those in his vehicle and other
members of the public."
hope this acts as a stark warning to anyone thinking about driving
after consuming alcohol that decision can take a life."
addition to the 11-year prison sentence, Stoodley was also banned
from driving for 10 and a half years.