Case Study

Driver jailed over Stockton Road pedestrian death

Incident date: 
Wed, 31 Oct 2012

Alan Brown, 65, was struck by a vehicle on Stockton Road, between Middlesbrough and Thornaby, on 31 October.

The recently retired road sweeper, from the Billingham area, died a short time later.

A 37-year-old man will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on 25 June to face a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

  • UPDATE (15/08/13)

The driver, Richard Boyer, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to four years imprisonment and a ten year driving ban at Teesside Crown Court.

Richard Boyer’s driving record showed three convictions for drink driving, two for dangerous driving and three for driving while disqualified before the crash that killed Alan Brown.

Boyer must serve the prison term on top of a four year term he is already serving for a robbery.

One witness who saw Boyer’s vehicle estimated it to be travelling at 100pmh, and a bus driver said the air turbulence its speed created shook his vehicle as it flew past.

Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said: “The accident investigator calculated the average speed over the distance to be 72mph but because there was CCTV earlier of it travelling at a normal speed, that has to be taken into account.

“Because of the position of the body parts, the minimum speed at the point of impact would have been 63mph.”

Judge Peter Bowers said: “Your past driving record is a very aggravating feature, it has to be taken into account when one looks at sentencing powers.”

CTC's view: 

This is a prime example of an unduly lenient sentence, this man could be driving again in 10 years, yet he has shown on multiple occasions that he is not a responsible driver. He should have been given a life-time driving ban and a much longer prison term to discourage him from breaking a driving ban. The maximum prison term for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years.

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