Driver jailed for causing horror smash that killed Hartlepool holidaymaker

WRECKAGE: The aftermath of the crash

WRECKAGE: The aftermath of the crash

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A KILLER driver has been jailed for causing a horror smash in which a Hartlepool holidaymaker died.

Steven Hey was jailed for six years and banned from driving for seven years for causing the death of pensioner Dorothy Brookes by dangerous driving.

Steven Hey

Steven Hey

Mrs Brookes was described in court as the “stalwart” of her family by her daughter, Karen Thorburn, who asked the judge to jail Hey for the maximum term of 14 years.

The 80-year-old was in the passenger seat of Ford Mondeo, which had been towing a caravan, on a sunny bank holiday afternoon on May 27 last year. A man also suffered a fractured leg in the incident.

Hey, 30, was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra which ploughed into the Mondeo.

The collision happened on an infamous stretch of the A64 between Ganton and Potter Brompton, North Yorkshire.

Police closed the road in both directions and were at the scene for several hours while officers investigated the incident and the vehicles were recovered.

The collision saw local residents in Ganton express their shock and sadness following the devastating smash and the road has been the site of numerous accidents over the years.

Hey, of Shelley Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

He was told when he admitted killing the pensioner to expect a substantial prison sentence for his actions.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said had “devastating consequences for a number of people”.

Traffic Sergeant Hamish Halloway, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “This was an extremely tragic case which has left Mrs Brooks’ family understandably devastated.

“I am pleased that Steven Hey originally pleaded guilty to causing Mrs Brooks’ death by driving dangerously, sparing her family the anguish of sitting through a trial.

“He now has to face up to consequences of his actions and the sentence handed out will give him ample time to reflect on what he has done.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with Mrs Brooks’ family and I hope that they can take some comfort from the fact that justice has been done today.”

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