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Driver jailed for fatal high-speed A3 crash

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Driver jailed for fatal high-speed A3 crash

Published at 3:07pm 28th November 2017.

A man has been jailed following a high speed crash on the A3 which caused the death of his girlfriend.

The crash happened near Tolworth on the northbound carriageway in the early hours of March 22 this year.

Nick Tay, 25, of Francis Crick Road, Guildford was driving at 110mph, in the 50mph zone, when the crash happened.

24-year-old Maria Jimenez Montero, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time, was thrown from the vehicle.

Tay pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving an uninsured vehicle.

He was sentenced to five years in prison and disqualified from driving for four and a half years.

He will also need to take an extended re-test.

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The vehicle, a Peugeot 206, crossed both lanes, hit the central reservation and rebounded back towards the grass verge and rolled, at which point Ms Montero was thrown from the vehicle.

Witnesses told officers that the Peugeot had driven past them at high speed before the collision several.

Sergeant Eddie Ryan from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a tragic collision that has left a family without their daughter and was an incident that was entirely preventable.

“Nick Tay chose to drive at a catastrophically dangerous speed that was more than twice the limit for that area of the road. 

“Evidence gathered by officers also show that sadly Ms Montero wasn’t wearing a seatbelt which is likely to have led to her being thrown from the vehicle as it rolled.

"The driver was wearing his seatbelt and was able to crawl out of the car with only a scratch.

“Speed limits are exactly that, limits. They are not a target to overcome and the measures in place on roads are there for a reason – to keep motorists and those around them safe.”


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