Gloucestershire

Paul Reddan jailed for six years for Leanne Davies crash death

Leanne Davies
Image caption Leanne Davies died in the road crash in the Forest of Dean in May 2013

The boyfriend of a woman killed when their car crashed into a wall has been jailed for six years for causing death by dangerous driving.

Leanne Davies from Lydbrook died in the crash in the Forest of Dean on 31 May 2013.

Paul Reddan, 21, of Stafford Close, Broadwell, was found guilty at Gloucester Crown Court.

Another man, Matthew Creed, 19, of Glen Oak, Brierley was cleared by the court of causing death by dangerous driving.

Caught fire

The court heard Reddan was driving along the A361 with Miss Davies in the passenger seat at "ludicrous speeds" while tailgating another car.

He eventually overtook the other vehicle but lost control as he rounded a bend and the car crashed into a wall close to Longhope war memorial.

Reddan's car caught fire before it was extinguished by passers-by and local residents. Miss Davies suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

The court heard Reddan told paramedics he had been doing 70 mph, and there was no evidence he tried to slow down for the bend.

Investigators also found the rear tyres on Reddan's Vauxhall Corsa were underinflated.

PC Tim Griffiths of Gloucestershire Police said his thoughts and condolences were with all of Leanne's family and friends at "this very difficult time".

He said the case serves "as a reminder to us all that cars, particularly when they are driven in such a manner, are killers in the wrong hands".

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