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Man jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving

Shane Chamberlain, 25, of Birch Grove in Alford, has been jailed for five years after pleading guilty to causing the death of Nathan Ardron, 24, by dangerous driving on the A16 East Keal.

Nathan, of Cranberry Lane in Friskney, was a back seat passenger in the Vauxhall Astra being driven by Chamberlain which collided with a Kia Sportage. 

Another passenger in the Astra and the driver and passenger of the Kia all suffered serious injuries.

Chamberlain pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to three people as well as causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared Lincoln Crown Court today, Monday 14th January.

During sentencing, Judge John Pini QC heard that Chamberlain was over the drink-drive limit when he failed to negotiate a left hand bend and drifted onto the wrong side of the road causing the head-on collision with the Kia. This happened on August 17, 2017, just after 10pm.

A breath test showed Chamberlain was over the limit, he gave a breath reading of 62mg in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.

Nathan Ardron’s family are now campaigning to highlight the dangers of drink-driving and are warning people not to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. They are also asking people not to get in vehicles driven by anyone under the influence.

In her victim statement, Mrs Jewel Ardron said: “Words could never come close to describe the physiological torture I have been sentenced to live.

“Nothing on earth will satisfy my maternal desire to hold my son, knowing it will never be possible kills me inside.

“The intense desire to see and speak to him is all very consuming, not only mentally but emotionally as well.

“The yearning and pining I feel to have my son back in this world is the most excruciating of all pains I have ever experienced.

“I have asked myself numerous times how it is humanly possible to hurt this badly. It is a level of suffering that I never knew even existed until my son’s life was taken from him on August 17, 2017

“I am now left to adapt to a world that makes no sense without my son.

“I have been sentenced to live a life I did not choose. A life that is empty, a life without any colour, no joy, no purpose.

“It is a world so lonely and desolate. It’s a world that reeks with agony and despair and once here there is no going back.

“I’m left to wonder the ruins of my shattered existence and broken heart day after day. This is what it feels like to lose a child and even then it doesn’t come close to describe what all of our lives have turned into since the night our child was taken from us."

Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Ardron added: “My son was my life and now he has gone.  I’m no longer who I was. None of my family will ever be the same without him. He was the glue that held us together with his contagious smile and loving presence.

“If I can stop one person from getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol or taking drugs then I feel I would have achieved something.”

 

 

 

15 Jan 19 11:01 AM

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