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Motorist jailed for crash that killed girlfriend
A MOTORIST who caused the death of a mother-of-two in a crash on the A36 at Steeple Langford has been jailed for 15 months.
Matthew Clay, 23, was driving his Audi A3 towards Salisbury at 8.15am on October 10 last year when he crashed, killing his girlfriend, Victoria Knight, who was in the passenger seat.
Winchester Crown Court heard last Friday that the 23-year-old was in the outside lane of the carriageway attempting to overtake an oil tanker before the road became a single carriageway.
Unaware there was a car in front of the oil tanker, he was unable to complete the manoeuvre and swerved onto the central white lines while braking, losing control of the car and exposing the passenger side to the oncoming traffic.
Miss Knight was taken to hospital following the crash, where she died three days later. Richard Tutt, defending, told the court: “This was a tragic accident and he feels deep sorrow and remorse for the death of Miss Knight and for her family, especially her two children.”
Mr Clay and Miss Knight, 23, had an on-off relationship and were together at the time of the crash when Clay had offered to take Miss Knight to Salisbury District Hospital for a check-up, dropping her two children, aged six and four, at school on the way.
Mr Tutt added: “Mr Clay has found it very difficult to speak to the family of Miss Knight and he was asked not to attend the funeral. He has offered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.
“There is not a day that goes by when he doesn’t think about what happened. He wishes that he could swap places with Miss Knight.”
Judge Keith Cutler handed Clay a 15-month prison sentence for causing death by careless driving and disqualified him from driving for three years, after which he will be required to take an extended driving test.
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