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Roydon man sentenced after causing death by dangerous driving in Brettenham

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A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to prison after causing death by dangerous driving at speeds of around 100mph in a Suffolk village.

Jim Rumsby, of Millway Avenue, Roydon, was sentenced today at King's Lynn Crown Court after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

It follows a collision that happened on October 2, 2018, along the A1066 in Brettenham.

The incident happened on October 2, 2018, along the A1066 in Brettenham
The incident happened on October 2, 2018, along the A1066 in Brettenham

Rumsby, who was driving a grey Audi Quattro was travelling from Diss in the direction of Thetford when he collided with a grey Ford ST travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Ford, Bradley Raper, aged 24, was taken to the Addenbrookes Hospital with serious injuries, but died the next day as a result of his injuries.

Following enquiries into the incident, officers established that Rumsby had been driving at approximately 100mph prior to the collision, despite road markings warning of the oncoming junction.

Rumsby was sentenced to four years in prison and also disqualified from driving for four years.

Andrew Hughes from the serious collision investigation unit said: "This tragic case highlights why the police and partner agencies, continue to reinforce the dangers of speeding in the Fatal Four campaign.

"Through good investigative work we were able to establish a prolonged period of speeding through villages and on rural roads by Rumsby. His speed at times was well in excess of 100mph and he drove in built up areas at twice the speed limit.

"At the point of the collision it was established he would have been travelling at around 100mph when he entered Bradley Raper’s lane.

"Conversely, Mr Raper was travelling within the limit for that stretch of road and was unable to avoid the collision.

"Whilst we welcome the sentence handed down today, it cannot compensate the Raper family for their loss. Rumsby’s driving on the night was totally irresponsible and selfish. His actions have robbed a family of a loved son, uncle and brother.

"I would urge all drivers to consider the consequences of speeding and the impact it could have on the family of both victim and offender.”

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