"His 22-year-old male passenger was taken to Salford Royal hospital along with a woman who was driving the Ford Focus who sustained elbow and knee injuries.“Collision investigators are at the scene and the two occupants of the stolen car have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.” Wreckage from the Mini was scattered up to 100 feet down Darwen Road, which has been closed in both directions as crash scene investigators comb it for evidence.The family of Mrs Christine Rowe have released the following statement: “The night of June 5 has changed our family’s life completely due to the reckless driving of this individual; no length of sentence would be enough to bring our Mother and our children’s Nan back.
A DRIVER who was six times over the drug limit when causing the death by dangerous driving of a 70-year-old grandmother has been jailed for eight years and eight months.
Ryan Reardon, 34, was driving his van at twice the speed limit along Chepstow Road, Newport, on Monday, June 5, at around 7pm when he went into the other side of the road, colliding head on with another car "at such force that both vehicles raised up in the air".
Sentencing him to eight years and eight months in prison at Cardiff Crown Court this morning, Judge Eleri Rees said Reardon has previous convictions of a similar nature.
"You were driving from Abergavenny to Newport, this was a prolonged and persistent episode of bad driving," she said.
Christine Rowe, 70, was pronounced dead at the scene while her husband of fifty years Brian, who suffers from memory loss, was taken to hospital with multiple rib fractures, which led to further breathing complications.
Mr Rowe was only discharged from hospital on July 8, the court heard."His appalling approach to driving whilst intoxicated through drugs has resulted in life changing consequences that some will never come to terms with."The manner of his driving and complete disregard for other road users in such awful weather conditions also caused multiple other road traffic collisions whereby Reardon failed to stop and continued to cause devastation."Thank you.” The Court heard that he had been reported by another motorist for his bad driving less than an hour earlier on the A467.Reardon proceeded onto the A48 towards Newport city centre and George Street.Reardon, of Beech Grove, Oakdale, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injuries by dangerous driving, possession of cocaine and failing to stop after an accident.