Drug Driver Blamed Dead Brother For Horrific Crash That Also Killed His Teenage Girlfriend
A driver who crashed into a tree while high on drugs, killing his own brother and 19-year-old girlfriend has been jailed for six years. The man fled the scene of the accident and even attempted to blame his own dead brother for the accident.
A drug-driver who killed his own brother and girlfriend when he plowed his car into a tree has been jailed for six years.
20-year-old Jordon White fled the scene of the accident and even attempted to blame his older brother Reece, 23, who died in the back seat of the black Corsa in Tebworth, Bedfordshire, on January 18.
White had no driving licence and no insurance when he was high on drugs and attempted to overtake an Audi at high speed before losing control and smashing into a tree.
19-year-old Ellie Ogden-Cooper, White's former girlfriend was also killed in the crash after being thrown from the vehicle and landing in a field.
A 16-year-old boy who was sat in the rear seat and a 21-year-old man who was sat in the front seat suffered serious injuries but miraculously survived.
Jordon White, of Wallis Drive, Leighton Buzzard, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to two charges of causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Ellie's mother made a statement to the court saying that her daughter worked as a carer, and had everything to look forward to. She said: "As a family, we will never get over losing our beautiful Ellie. We are in pieces. Our precious memories are all that we have."
Reece's family said: "We are devasted at the loss of Reece. He was a much-loved son, brother, and grandson. "He made an impression on everyone he met and leaves a hole in the family that will never be filled. He will be missed forever."
The driver of the Audi spoke out about the moments leading up to the crash: "The car was shifting when it overtook me. He started to lose control. I could see it swaying across the road.
He added: "I think it spun and went up in the air. It almost seemed to jump and went down the verge on the opposite side of the road. Bits of the car were falling off."
A passing motorist, Mr Stephen Hewitt, who stopped and tried to help Reece White in the car, will be awarded a High Sheriff's award of £500.
Stefan Weidmann, prosecuting, said: "The defendant was driving a car with four other people in. It overtook another car at speed, crossing double white lines on the crest of a hill. It was an appalling piece of driving.
"He was unlicensed and over the drug-drive limit. Warnings about his driving had been disregarded. He was uninsured and had no MOT. He ran from his friends and his brother, leaving others to help."
Defence lawyer, Darryl Cherrett, said that White was immature and possibly suffered from ADHD, he said his client had been in care since the age of 12.
Judge Michael Kay QC said: "You will spend a considerable period of time in custody and you will reflect on what you have done.
"If you have an ounce of decency, you will change your life."
Jordon White was jailed for six years and banned from driving for nine years.