Tyne & Wear

Daniel Brownlee jailed for Roy Toogood crash death

Roy Toogood
Image caption Roy Toogood received an MBE in 2000 for his work with Revenue and Customs

A 19-year-old driver has been jailed over the death of a pedestrian in North Tyneside.

Roy Toogood, 66, of Cullercoats, was fatally injured on Beach Road in North Shields in February.

Daniel Brownlee, of Preston Terrace, West Allotment, Newcastle, had previously admitted causing death by dangerous driving. Police said he had been driving at "excessive speeds".

The judge at Newcastle Crown Court sentenced him to six years in prison.

Image caption Daniel Brownlee was 18 when he committed the offence

'Reckless overtake'

Speaking after sentencing, Sgt Phil Patterson, from Northumbria Police, said: "Roy Toogood died as a result of the actions of Daniel Brownlee, who was 18 at the time."

He said police found evidence that Brownlee had been driving in excess of 100mph.

"He undertook vehicles at speed and finally made a reckless overtake where he collided with Roy who had been standing at a central crossing point," Sgt Patterson said.

"Roy didn't stand a chance.

"Although the sentence imposed today can never reflect the loss of Roy to his family, I would hope it acts as a deterrent to other young drivers out there who think it is acceptable to drive in such a manner."

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