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18 November 2016, 12:08
A man who didn't have a driving licence and caused the death of another driver along the A229 near Staplehurst in January has been jailed for six years.
Kevin Moore, 45 and of Couchman Green Lane in Staplehurst, was driving erratically on the A229 Staplehurst Road when the Land Rover Discovery he was at the wheel of veered into the wrong lane and collided head-on with the victim’s car.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 18 November.
The court heard that the collision took place at approximately 5.05pm on 4 January 2016. Conditions were dark when the collision took place on the national speed limit road.
Following the collision, a person who was driving behind Moore told officers how she had slowed down because she could see the dark coloured 4X4 swerving from left to right.
As this driver drove past the turn off for Marden they saw the victim’s car heading towards a ditch, with Moore’s vehicle lying on its left side in the middle of the road, facing the wrong way.
Another driver, who was travelling ahead of the victim’s car, told officers that shortly before the collision they had to take evasive to avoid Moore’s car nearly ending up in a ditch themselves.
Paramedics took the victim to a London Hospital where he died from traumatic head injuries the next day.
As well as causing death by dangerous driving, Moore was convicted of driving a motor vehicle without a license and driving without third party insurance.
He was banned from driving for nine years.
Detective Constable Barry Goodsell, the investigating officer for this case, said:
‘Moore was seen by several different witnesses driving dangerously in the lead up to this fatal collision.‘His car was seen veering into the wrong lane on more than occasion – at one point another driver had to quickly move out of his way and nearly ended up in a ditch themselves.
‘This poor driving has ultimately led to an innocent man being killed. The victim, and his family, has needlessly been robbed of a future. If that wasn’t tragic enough, his death was entirely avoidable.’