16th Jan, 2019

Man jailed for killing woman in Kingstanding horror smash

Sarah Mason 26th Nov, 2018

A DRIVER who killed a woman when he crashed into a car while being pursued by police has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Sarah Giles, 20, was a passenger in a VW Golf when it was hit by an Audi A3 driven by Branden Daniels on July 29.

Daniels, also aged 20, of Chingford Road, Kingstanding was behind the wheel of a stolen Audi.

The court heard the A3 was travelling down Kingsland Road at approximately 72mph when it careered over a crossroads, and hit a VW Golf on Wandsworth Road.

The collision was so forceful that the VW Golf flew into the air and flipped over many times before smashing into the side of a house.

Sarah Giles was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 21-year-old occupant of the A3 and the 22-year-old driver of the Golf were seriously hurt in the horror smash.

Both spent a period of time in a medically induced coma and have been left with life-changing injuries.

Daniels and other occupants of the Audi ran off as police tried to help the injured parties, but were detained by local residents who later identified Daniels as the driver.

Officers examining his phone found several video clips showing him in a vehicle being driven at speeds of up to 140mph.

He was sentenced to spend six-and-a-half years in a young offenders institute at Birmingham Crown Court having pleaded guilty to causing death, and serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

In a tribute Sarah’s parents said: “Sarah Giles our loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

“She brought sunshine into the lives of everybody who knew her, with her wonderful smile and beautiful heart.

“Our lives have been devastated by her death.”

Sergeant Alan Wood from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Our thoughts remain with Sarah’s family at this time.

“No sentence a court can pass can in any way reflect what they have been put through by the actions of Daniels.

“I am aware they are campaigning for a change in the sentencing guidelines for these type of offences, this has been under review by the Ministry of Justice for some time now.”

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