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Dangerous driver Iurie Ciumac, of Peterborough, jailed for five years after crash on A1303 which killed Newmarket woman Holly Lucas

A dangerous driver who killed a ‘vibrant and compassionate’ 24-year-old woman in a head-on crash has been jailed for five years.

Iurie Ciumac, 34, was driving a silver Honda Accord along the A1303 Newmarket Road, between Stow Cum Quy and Bottisham, on Friday, June 10, 2022, at about 5.13pm.

Driving east towards Newmarket, Ciumac tried to turn right at the Little Wilbraham Road junction but collided head-on with a blue Toyota Yaris travelling in the opposite direction, driven by Holly Lucas, of Newmarket.

Iurie Ciumac
Iurie Ciumac

Mrs Lucas was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Wednesday, at Peterborough Crown Court, Ciumac, of Copsewood, Werrington, in Peterborough, was jailed for five years having pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

He was also banned from driving for five years.

Holly Lucas, of Newmarket
Holly Lucas, of Newmarket

In a statement, Holly’s mother said: “Losing my beautiful daughter Holly, in such a senseless and tragic way, has left all who knew and loved her in deep grief.

“Holly was a vibrant and compassionate young woman, newly married, with a glowing future.

“It has taken nearly two years to finally have some justice and have some level of closure. We can now move forward and remember Holly for not how she died, but for how she lived.”

DC Paddy Reeve said: “Ciumac’s dangerous driving has cruelly taken away Holly’s future so I am glad he is behind bars. This case should serve as a reminder to people to drive with care as the dangers of not are clear to see.

“Our thoughts continue to be with Holly’s family and I hope this sentence gives them a little bit of closure.”