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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been jailed for more than three years and disqualified from driving after he was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in Oxfordshire.
Aron Hicks, aged 28, of Mytchett Road, Camberley, Surrey, pleaded guilty to the offence in a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday (13/6).
He was subsequently sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for three years and eight months.
At just before 8am on 4 May last year, Hicks was driving his white Ford Transit van on the A417 between the junction of Half Penny Lane and Aston Tirrold.
He overtook one vehicle and then partially returned to the correct side of the road.
However, Hicks then attempted a second overtake as he approached the brow of the hill.
Unable to see what was coming in the opposite direction, as he approached the crest of the hill, Hicks collided head on with a green Honda Civic, being driven by 78-year-old Brian Hunt.
Tragically, Mr Hunt died of his injuries in hospital later the same day.
Hicks suffered minor injuries as his van overturned.
After an investigation by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, Hicks was charged on 17 February this year.
Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dom Mahon, said: “At the families’ wishes, we are releasing the footage of the fatal decision that Hicks made that day.
“Hicks was in a hurry that morning and decided to take a dangerous chance, which tragically cost Brian Hunt his life.
“Hick’s reckless actions have torn a family apart and will have lifelong consequences for everybody who has been touched by this avoidable tragedy.
“The shocking dash-cam recording of this incident demonstrates very clearly how impatience behind the wheel can be fatal.
“My thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr Hunt, who have shown tremendous patience and resolve while we investigated this tragic incident.”