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Man jailed over crash that killed elderly Surrey couple

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Man jailed over crash that killed elderly Surrey couple

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:58pm 27th February 2020. (Updated at 5:11pm 27th February 2020)

A man has been jailed after an elderly couple were killed in a multi-vehicle collision in Surrey over two years ago.

Carl Morris of Cavendish Road in Sunbury-on-Thames pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 33-year-old was sentenced to four and a half years when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (26 February).

Morris was also disqualified from driving for seven years and three months with an extended re-test, and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.  

The crash happened at around 4pm on 9 December 2017 on the A308 Kingston Road in Ashford.

Morris was driving a blue Subaru Impreza at speed when he lost control of the car, which mounted the central reservation before colliding with a Suzuki Grand Vitara travelling in the opposite direction.

This resulted in the Suzuki colliding head-on with a Skoda Fabia which was being driven by 87-year-old Neil Swann with his wife, 88-year-old Evelyn Swann, in the front passenger seat. 

Officers came across the collision moments after it happened and administered first aid.

The couple were pulled out of the Skoda after the Subaru caught fire.

Mrs Swann died at the scene.

Mr Swann was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, where he died from his injuries.

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The driver of the Suzuki suffered from shock - her two children were unharmed.

Morris was left with a broken wrist.

No further action was taken against the driver of another car, who was arrested after witnesses reported him racing against Morris before the crash.

Detective Sergeant Lucy Peacock-Smith said Morris's sentence could not bring the Swanns back - but might help their family find closure:

“Morris admitted that he was driving at speed prior to the collision, and the evidence suggests that this is what caused him to lose control of his vehicle, with catastrophic effects.

“Our thoughts remain very much with the family of Neil and Evelyn Swann.

"While the jail sentence imposed on Morris today will not bring them back, it may provide some closure for their family and help them begin to move on with their lives.

“The sentence handed out today should serve as a stark reminder of the impact of speeding and demonstrates that we will not tolerate drivers who do not behave in a responsible and safe manner on our roads.”