Driver sentenced for fatal collision

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A man who caused death by careless driving while high on drugs was sentenced to more than four years in prison today.

Paul Kevin Fletcher, 40, from Chiltern Road in Wingrave, lost control of the Honda Accord he was driving in Ledburn and crashed into a tractor which was travelling in the opposite direction before hitting two other vehicles.

The driver of one car, 46-year-old Paul Gordon from Leighton Buzzard, died at the scene.

In sentencing Fletcher, His Honour Judge Pringle said: “Nothing that I can say today nor any sentence I can pass can go anyway to lessen the devastation caused to the Gordon family.”

Fletcher was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for the driving offence and four months for the possession of class A drugs to run concurrent.

Fletcher was also disqualified from driving for five years and will have to pass an extended driving test before he can drive again.

Sgt Jim Lovell, investigating officer, said: “I would to thank all the witnesses involved in this extremely sad case, but most of all our thoughts are with the family of Mr Gordon who lost his life in the most tragic of circumstances.”

A woman in the Audi involved in the accident received serious leg injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridgeshire for treatment. She has since made a full recovery.

Fletcher was thrown from his vehicle and sustained a head injury.

He was also airlifted to Addenbrooks Hospital.

Class A drugs were found in Fletcher’s possession and he was subsequently charged with possession and causing Mr Gordon’s death.