A drink-driver who killed a married couple and seriously injured his 18-year-old passenger in a high speed crash in Sussex, has been jailed for five years.
Benjamin Bosden, 20, of Rushlake Green in Heathfield, was driving a Mini Countryman which crashed into a Ford Ranger travelling in the opposite direction on the A267 at Cross-in-Hand.
Police said the driver of the Ford, 55-year-old David Evans, and his wife, 48-year-old Linda Evans, were both killed instantly.
Bosden’s 18-year-old female passenger was also left with life-threatening injuries following the incident in September 2017, while Bosden himself sustained serious injuries.
Officers said the scene was described by those who came across it as ‘something out of a war zone or off of the TV.’
In a statement, David and Linda’s family said:
“The irresponsible and thoughtless actions of one young man have caused the death of two people.
“This has led to the immeasurable, intense and wide-ranging grief and feelings of devastation in the lives of so many family members and friends.
“These lives can never be the same.”
Bosden, a student, was found to have a blood alcohol level in excess of the legal limit, and was travelling at well over the 60mph speed limit when the incident happened.
Police said immediately after the collision, the speedometer on the vehicle Bosden was driving was found stuck at 112mph.
Bosden pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was jailed for a total five years at Lewes Crown Court yesterday (Monday, 3).
In sentencing, Her Honour Judge Christine Laing QC said:
“You drove at a frankly ludicrous speed for the conditions and alcohol played a significant part.
“You showed a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road and an utter disregard for the serious danger you posed for other road users.”
The Investigating Officer, PC Shirley Ross of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:
“This collision was another tragic case where lives were needlessly lost and others devastated.
“Bosden’s decision that day to get behind the wheel of a high powered car and to drive in the reckless manner that he did, having consumed alcohol, was nothing short of dangerous.
“This case is another stark warning to all drivers, particularly those in this young age bracket, of the devastating consequences of exceeding speed limits and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
“Our advice is simple – drink or drive, never both.”