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Man Jailed For Death In Coventry Crash
A man has been jailed for four years at Warwick Crown Court after causing the death of a passenger in a Coventry collision last year.
Mareks Jurevicjus from Cromwell Street in Foleshill, pleaded guilty to causing the death of 37-year-old Kristina Jakusa on 13 July 2014.
The 29-year-old, originally from Latvia, was driving a Volkswagen Bora shortly after 10pm on Longford Road in Coventry. As he approached a hump back bridge, he attempted to overtake another vehicle and was on the wrong side of the road when he collided with a black Ford Focus.
Kristina, a rear seat passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene and several occupants of the oncoming vehicle were seriously injured.
Jurevicjus also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Collision investigator Sergeant Neil Higgins said: "Jurevicjus had shown a flagrant disregard to the road lay out and carried out a deliberate manoeuvre placing other road users at risk and as a result a woman tragically lost her life and others have received serious injuries.
"The judge in this case Recorder Steel QC commended an off duty nurse, Julie Albrighton, for her actions in attending to Kristina at the scene."
Kristina, was also originally from Latvia, but had been living in Coventry for some time.
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