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A 31-year-old Neston man has been jailed for causing the deaths of two women

Published: May 8, 2024 10:44 p.m

Benjamin Lewis of West Vale, Neston, was sentenced following the collision in Dunkirk, Chester.

Driving at speeds of up to 148km/h in a 100km/h zone on the A5117 in Dunkirk, when he lost control of his BMW 420D, Benjamin Lewis collided with another vehicle, killing two women.

Appearing at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday, May 8, Benjamin was jailed for ten years. He was also banned from driving for four years after leaving prison.

The 31-year-old, from West Vale, Neston, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

A 31-year-old Neston man has been jailed for causing the deaths of two women

The court heard how at around 9.30pm on Thursday 25 November 2021 Lewis was driving at speeds of up to 148km/h in a 60km/h zone on the A5117 in Dunkirk when he lost control of his BMW 420D .
It collided with an oncoming Citroen DS3.

The driver of the Citroen, Ellie Crossley, was traveling to Cheshire Oaks with her friend Rebecca Doughty, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

Sadly, Ellie and Rebecca both died at the scene as a result of their injuries sustained during the collision.

Following the collision, an investigation was launched by Cheshire Police’s Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit.

As part of their investigations, a forensic collision investigator was brought in to reconstruct the collision and the events leading up to it to establish the circumstances.

This identified the BMW crossing the double solid white lines and entering the opposite lane when it collided with the oncoming Citroen.

Lewis was arrested and later charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He initially pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of death by careless driving, however the prosecution declined to accept his guilty plea and a trial was listed for September 2023.

He later changed his guilty pleas to the more serious charge.

Following the sentencing, Sergeant Andy Dennison, from Cheshire Police’s Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Despite the poor weather conditions and poor visibility, Lewis was traveling at speeds in excess of 90km/h , without taking into account the danger it posed to other road users. or himself.

“During the investigation, we used data collected by global satellites connected to electronic devices to show that Lewis was driving at high speed on several roads just before the collision. he accelerated hard to over 90 mph before losing control of his BMW on the wrong side of a double white line system.

“Tragically, as a result of his atrocious driving, Ellie and Rebecca paid the ultimate price and I hope he takes this time behind bars to reflect on the decisions he made that night and the impact he had on victims’ families.

“I cannot begin to imagine the devastating loss that both Ellie and Rebecca’s families have had to endure throughout this long and painful process and I sincerely hope that today’s outcome will provide some closure.

“Lewis refused to acknowledge the seriousness of the allegations, but once he realized the mountain of evidence that was stacked against him, he admitted that his dangerous driving had cost the lives of two young women.

“This has been an extremely challenging and complex investigation and I would like to thank all the dedicated officers involved in bringing Ellie and Rebecca to justice.
“While this outcome will not bring Ellie and Rebecca back to their families, I hope this sends a message to others about the consequences of speeding.”

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