Brothers jailed for ‘chilling’ high-speed crash that killed four people | UK News
Two brothers involved in a high-speed crash that killed four people have been jailed.
Elliott Bower, 19, was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in prison for causing the crash. He was behind the wheel of a stolen car at the time, and was on the run from the police.
His 23-year-old brother Declan, and passenger Mason Cartledge, now 18, were each sentenced to seven years and 10 months for their involvement in the crash, which happened in Sheffield on 9 November.
A one-year-old boy and his father were among those who died – as well as a married couple.
The Bower brothers were wanted by police at the time of the crash, and had earlier posted a picture of themselves on social media with the caption “f*** da police”.
During sentencing, Judge Jeremy Richardson said the trio were part of a “miserably inadequate group of deeply malevolent local criminals”.
The judge also questioned the maximum jail terms that can be handed out in death by dangerous driving cases – and suggested that “exceptional, serious” cases may be deserving of longer jail terms than the current maximum of 14 years.
Judge Richardson told Elliott Bower he would have been given the maximum if he had not pleaded guilty.
The crash involved a people carrier containing seven people and resulted in the deaths of driver Adnan Ashraf Jarral, 35, and his 16-month-old son Muhammed Usman Bin Adnan.
Also killed were married couple Vlasta Dunova and Miroslav Duna, aged 41 and 50.
Elliott – who was already the subject of an arrest warrant for failing to appear at court for breaching a suspended sentence for burglary – told officers after the crash: “You can remand me if you like, I’ll get out and I’ll do bang the same thing again and you lot will have to chase me.”
The stolen Volkswagen Golf he drove on the night of the crash had been fitted with different number plates and was speeding through the city at more than 100mph when a marked police vehicle began tailing it.
After a five-minute chase over nearly six miles, in dark and wet conditions, during which he drove on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend and drove the wrong way around a roundabout, it struck a Volkswagen Touran at 79mph.
Judge Richardson said the incident was “one of the worst examples of dangerous driving it has been my misfortune to consider” – labelling it as “both chilling and breathtaking in its horror.”
Elliott Bower and Mason Cartledge left the Golf in an attempt to run away but were detained at the scene, while Declan Bower was found trapped in the car with a broken leg and wrist, smoking a cigarette.
Survivors from the badly damaged Touran all suffered serious injuries – and there was “virtually nothing left” of the driver’s seat or rear passenger seat after the collision.
Erica Kroscenova, Mr Jarral’s wife, said in a victim impact statement: “We didn’t deserve this and we lost loved ones.
“I lost my baby boy, who gave me strength and appetite for life every day. I miss his smile, I miss his voice, I never heard him calling me mummy, the only word he said was daddy.”
Judge Richardson said he wound send his sentencing remarks to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who is conducting a review into sentences for death by dangerous driving cases.