A drink-driver has been sentenced to seven years in prison following a crash which killed a 22-year-old girl in Cambridgeshire.
Nelson Curtis, 64, had been driving his car at 134mph on the A11 at Red Lodge before crashing into Lauren Dank’s car at 104mph in November last year. He failed to stop following the collision, driving two miles on despite having only three wheels on his car.
Chief Inspector David Giles said: “This collision which led to the death of a young woman was reckless almost beyond belief.
“To drive a car at such excessive speed, having consumed a large amount of alcohol shows a total and utter disregard for everybody else on the road. Failure to stop and report the collision compounded the distress of those affected.”
Lakenheath resident Curtis appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on June 27 and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road traffic collision, and failing to report a road traffic collision.
Police attended the scene following reports that a vehicle had been found off the road on the southbound side of the A11 just after midnight on Friday 11 November 2016. Ms Danks of Soham, Cambridgeshire, was found inside the car but had died at the scene.
Police undertook an investigation, discovering that a second vehicle had been involved. The Jaguar was then traced and recovered, leading to Curtis’s arrest later that morning. He was subsequently charged with the motoring offences on May 6.
He initially denied any knowledge of the incident, but later admitted his involvement. It was found that he had been drinking alcohol excessively before driving his Jaguar onto the A11 at 134mph. Although braking at the time of the collision, he was still travelling at 104mph.
CI Giles continued to say: “I would like to thank the officers who attended the scene for their thorough investigation of the circumstances which ultimately led to Mr Curtis being charged with these offences.
“I also appreciate the assistance that Jaguar Land Rover UK gave with the technical interpretation of the data recovered from Curtis’s vehicle.
“Having suffered an unimaginable loss in such circumstances I would also like to express my condolences and thanks to Lauren Danks’s family who has been exceptionally supportive throughout the investigation.”
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