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Man Jailed After 140mph Fatal Crash

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 7th March 2012 (Updated 10:05am 7th March 2012)

A man who admitted causing the death of a Newquay woman after speeding the wrong way down the A30 has been jailed for eight years.

David Rushbrook hit the car Maraget Connolly was in head on. She was in the front passenger seat of her partner's Mercedes when it was involved in the collision with Rushbrook's BMW at a closing speed estimated at between 130 and 140 mph.

They were returning to their Newquay home from Bristol Airport, having been on holiday, when the crash occurred at about 3am on October 2, 2010.

Her partner, Nicholas Rowles, was in hospital for three weeks and Rushbrook's passenger Joanna Mansell received life threatening injuries and was in a coma for three weeks and in hospital for three months.

A couple in a Micra and Rushbrook himself were also injured.

Sentencing twenty-seven year old Rushbrook, who lives in King's Lynn and was on his way to spend a few days with friends in Newquay, Judge Philip Wassall said it was mystifying why he had thought he was on a single carriageway road when he decided to do a u-turn to return to a garage he had just passed.

The court heard his judgement must have been impaired by tiredness, having been to work before embarking on a long journey, or the drug ketamin, a horse tranquiliser, he had admitted taking.

It was a catastrophic decision which had had a massive impact on all those involved, said the Judge.

Rushbrook was given credit for his late plea of guilty to having caused death by dangerous driving but the Judge pointed out that his previous convictions included one disqualification for drink driving in 2006 and another as  a 'totter' in 2008.

Rushbrook has been banned from driving for ten years and until he passes an extended driving test.

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