Man sentenced to prison for causing death by dangerous driving – Reading
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A man has been sentenced to prison today (12/11) for causing death by dangerous driving.
Aaron Clare, aged 33, of Lexington Grove, Reading, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court to a total of eight years’ imprisonment. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was also disqualified from driving for ten years.
On 23 May 2020, Thames Valley Police officers saw a blue BMW being driven by Clare travelling at high speed on the A4, Bath Road, Reading, and commenced a pursuit.
The vehicle failed to stop for officers, and the pursuit was cancelled.
Shortly afterwards, the BMW was involved in a collision with a pedestrian, 41-year-old Kevin Burgess, who died as a result of the incident.
The incident was investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct who found no case against the officers involved in the case.
Clare was later found to be over the limit for drugs as well as driving without a license and when uninsured. He was also disqualified from driving at the time of the incident.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Darren Brown, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Clare’s actions in driving were incredibly reckless. He was unlicensed, uninsured and had taken drugs.
“He was pursued by police officers who noticed his erratic driving, but his driving was so dangerous that the officers were forced to cancel the pursuit.
“Tragically, he then went on to cause the death of Kevin Burgess. He took the decision to drive and to put innocent people in extreme danger, and as such he will now be spending a significant amount of time in prison.
“I hope that this needless tragedy serves as a warning to other road users of the consequences of dangerous driving, and I hope that today’s sentence helps Kevin’s family in some way to begin the process of moving on with their lives.”