Driver jailed after killing teenager and causing life-changing injuries to two others
PUBLISHED: 10:09 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 21 November 2016
Daniel Obee was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court
A grieving mother has spoken of the struggle of losing her son, as the driver who killed him is jailed.
Daniel Obee was driving at up to 50mph in Burnt Ash Lane in Bromley, when his black Vauxhall Corsa collided with a tree near the junction with Broadlands Road on June 7 last year.
Obee, from Cherry Tree Walk, Coney Hill, lost control of his car, crossing the carriageway before spinning around and slamming into the tree.
Daniel Matthews, a passenger in the back seat, was rushed to an east London hospital, but the 19-year-old died the next day.
Sam Bryant and his sister Paige, who were 20 and 17-years-old at the time, both suffered life changing injuries.
The siblings are still undergoing medical assessments and treatments in the wake of the crash.
Kelly Plumb, Daniel Matthews’ mother, watched as her son’s were life machines be switched off.
“In that moment, it felt like someone had took a shotgun, aimed it at my heart and blew it into a million pieces” she said.
“Looking at my only son lying in the bed with hardly any marks on his face on his beautiful face made it feel so surreal. The struggle never gets easier. It is one more day since I last saw, heard and held my son.
“Our lives will never be the same again; there are no words strong enough to explain the pain we all feel daily.”
Obee, was also taken to hospital for treatment.
The 23-year-old roofer was not arrested at the time, but interviewed under caution as part of the Met’s investigation.
He was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
While on bail, Obee was caught driving more than twice over the alcohol limit when he crashed into four parked cars and a wall in Bromley in March this year.
He was banned from driving for twelve months with an endorsement to be registered on his licence. Obee was also ordered to pay a total of £195.
Last week, Obee was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving with a nine year disqualification from driving and requirement for an extended test to be passed, and four years imprisonment for two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, with seven years disqualification from driving on each count.
The sentences will run concurrently.
Lead investigator Det Sgt Richard Budd said: “We’re pleased the judge imposed a substantial jail sentence in this case following the strong evidence presented in court during the trial.
“We were allowed to submit a bad character application by the judge, and accounts heard as part of this from witnesses we called testified to the fact that Obee was a serious risk to public safety on the roads over a period of time.
“Although he did not have previous driving related convictions before the fatal crash on 7 June 2015, members of the public who had seen the way he drove were sufficiently concerned to contact police on repeated occasions.”
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