Four men sentenced for causing the death of 20-year-old woman
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Four men have been sentenced to more than 30 years behind bars for causing the death of a 20-year-old passenger.
Keelan Tuke, 21, Josh Dobb, 21, Riley Duncombe, 19, and Keigan Launder, 21, have been sentenced for their part in a collision on the A16 at Utterby in Lincolnshire, which led to the tragic death of Denii Reynolds on Tuesday 26 October 2021.
They were also found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The four men were all drivers, in four separate vehicles.
This case demonstrates drivers who choose to race on our roads can be found guilty collectively and all be held responsible for death and serious injury by the manner of their driving.
Tuke was driving a Citroen C1 with Denii Reynolds in the front passenger seat on the evening of Tuesday October 26, 2021.
He was at the head of a group of vehicles that had driven to Louth from Cleethorpes and were returning.
Behind Tuke was a white Ford Fiesta van driven by Dobb, a Grey Mercedes, driven by Launder, a silver Ford Fiesta driven by Duncombe.
The collision happened when Tuke lost control of his car on a series of bends and collided with a Vauxhall Corsa travelling in the opposite lane towards Louth. The driver of the Corsa, a 79-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries.
The court heard claims that the four defendants were racing each other as they travelled towards the scene of the crash, all driving at excessive speeds.
The four men all pleaded not guilty to offences of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at a trial, which was heard at Lincoln Crown Court in October. The jury found all four men guilty of both offences.
Keelan Tuke, Grafton Street, Grimsby, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
Josh Dobb, Hadleigh Road, Immingham, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
Riley Duncombe, Thesigar Walk, Grimsby, was sentenced to five years and eight months in a young offenders institution.
Keigan Launder, Louth Road, Grimsby, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.
Sergeant Adam Doona, Serious Collision Investigation Unit, Lincolnshire Police, said: “Today our thoughts are with the family and friends of Denii and of the driver of the Vauxhall Corsa who received extremely serious injuries.
“There is extensive research which shows that young drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of serious collisions in comparison to the percentage of drivers as a whole.
“The road safety charity Brake list the facts which influence the manner in which young people may drive, some of those factors are carrying passengers, driving at night, speeding and over confidence.
“Young drivers over-estimate their ability to drive safely leading to risky behaviours such as overtaking and speeding.
“The facts of this case relate to speed, distances between vehicles, passengers, the time the collision happened; the actions of the group fit the criteria associated with young drivers being involved in collisions.
“My message today to any driver, including young drivers, is that driving any vehicle comes with a heavy responsibility. To make sure they drive safely and drive within the speed limits; to make sure everyone on our roads gets home safely.
“Sadly, this is not the case for Denii who lost her precious life at 20-years-old. I can’t find the words that will ever make sense of the actions of these drivers on that tragic night.”
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