Roads to Justice: real-life cases

Brake's new Roads to Justice campaign is being backed by a number of recently bereaved families who feel they have not had justice for their loved ones.

Joseph Brown-Lartey

joseph1Dawn and Ian Brown-Lartey lost their son, 25-year-old Joseph, when a speeding driver ran a red light at more than 80 miles per hour. 

  • The person who killed Joseph was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
  • He had no licence and no insurance, and had earlier taken a Snapchat photo of his speedometer while travelling at 142mph.
  • He was sentenced to six years' imprisonment.
  • He will serve three years in prison.

Joseph’s parents, Ian and Dawn Brown-Lartey, said:

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“We will never get over the loss of our beautiful son Joseph, who had his whole life ahead of him. Hearing that his killer will serve half of a six-year sentence was a further slap in the face to us and our family. 

"The law needs to change so that sentences for causing death by dangerous driving reflect the crime. We can’t bring Joseph back, but what we can do is campaign in his name to stop other families going through what we are. Joseph’s car was split in two. The emergency services said it was the worst road crash they had ever seen. We want people to see that devastation first hand, in the hope of educating young drivers, but also to hit home with the government the importance of our campaign."

Robert Allaway 

Robert (Bob) Allaway, from Long Preston near Skipton, was killed by a drink-driver while riding his motorbike in the Yorkshire dales.BobAllawaysm

  • The person who killed Bob was charged with causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.
  • He was two-and-a-half times over the alcohol limit, and was driving on the wrong side of the road when he hit Bob.
  • He was sentenced to four years and eight months' imprisonment.
  • He will serve two-and-a-half years in prison.

Bob's wife Lorraine Allaway said:

“I vowed on the day Mr Crook was sentenced that in Bob's name I would campaign to get the law changed regarding sentencing of drivers who kill vulnerable road users. I know it won’t change the sentence Mr Crook got but hopefully it will save another family from going through the devastation caused by the loss of a loved one in this way.”

Miriam Briddon 

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Miriam Briddon was just 21 when she was killed by a drink-driver in Ceredigion, Wales. 

  • The person who killed Miriam was charged with causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.
  • He is thought to have been over twice the legal alcohol limit when he entered a bend, skidded at 67 mph and crashed into Miriam while on the wrong side of the road.
  • He was sentenced to five-and-a-half years' imprisonment.
  • He will serve two-and-a-half years in prison. 

Paul Flanagan

PaulFlanaganPaul Flanagan from Leicester was hit and killed by a speeding driver as he walked home with friends. 

  • The person who killed Paul was charged with causing death by careless driving.
  • He accelerated to 60mph on a 40mph road to overtake another driver, and was unable to stop in time to avoid Paul as he crossed the road.
  • He had two previous endorsements on his licence for exceeding the speed limit.
  • He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Bryony Hollands

BryonyHollands19-year-old Bryony Hollands was killed by a drink- and drug-driver who hit her while she was walking along a pavement.

  • The person who killed Bryony was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
  • He was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment.
  • He will serve four years in prison. 

 

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