Driver who caused fatal crash avoids prision

A driver who caused a crash in Romney, which killed his partner, her mum and a motoryclist has avoided prison.

37 year-old Jason Brooker, from Stanford Avenue in Great Barr, was driving along the A259 Rye Road in Brookland in May last year, when he realised he had missed a turning.

He performed a U-turn in the road and his collided with a motorcyclist.

The rider, 55-year-old Malcolm Batt (pictured), died. Brooker's partner, Dawn Roberts, and her mother Gloria Roberts also died as a result of their injuries.

Today, Brooker was sentenced to 12-months imprisonment, suspended for two years for each offence. The sentences will run concurrently.

He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will be required to take an extended retest.

In addition to this he was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: ‘This is a tragic and preventable incident. Three people lost their lives over a poor rash judgement. I cannot stress enough the importance of planning your journey and taking extra care if you are unfamiliar with an area.

‘I hope that the sentence will offer the families of the victims an element of closure and the opportunity to move forward with their lives.’

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