Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving – Oxfordshire

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South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse, Oxford

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Stephen Horwood
Stephen Horwood

Stephen Horwood, aged 37, of Green Hill, Oxford, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court on Friday (23/2).

Horwood was also banned from driving for a period of six years and will have to take an extended re-test. Horwood was given a sentence of four years’ imprisonment for causing serious injury by dangerous driving which is to run concurrently with his sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

On Friday (23/2) Horwood pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Beth Walton of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “On 7 September last year Stephen Horwood was driving his white Transit van on the A415, Duckington when he fell asleep at the wheel, then colliding with a Red Peugeot being driven by Michael Smith and a silver Mercedes Vito.

“Mr Smith sadly died as a result of the collision and the passenger sustained serious injuries. Following the collision Horwood failed a drugs test and it was established he had taken cocaine prior to the collision.

“Sadly, this is yet another avoidable death on our roads where a driver has failed to understand the dangers of drugs driving. Whilst the sentence given can never be comparable to the pain and suffering of the victims’ family, it should stand as a deterrent to others who are driving dangerously whilst influenced by drugs and alcohol, placing themselves and innocent members of the public at risk of harm.
“Horwood will have to live the rest of his life knowing that his actions caused this tragic incident and took a man away from his family.”

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