Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Driver jailed over ex-footballer's death in crash

Driver jailed over ex-footballer's death in crash

A MAN has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for causing the death of an ex-footballer following a crash in Sonning Common.

Alexander Clarke admitted causing the death of Billy Seymour by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified at Reading Crown Court this afternoon (April 4).

Mr Seymour died in hospital two days after suffering serious head injuries in the crash in Wood Lane at about 10.30pm on January 3. 

Clarke, 38, of no fixed abode was also banned from driving for eight years. 

The court heard that he had met Mr Seymour at the Black Horse pub in Kidmore End Road, Emmer Green, on the evening of the crash. 

The defendant had consumed 10 pints of cider before the landlord stopped serving them, prosecutor Lisa Goddard told the court.

They then visited an off-licence in Emmer Green.

Clarke was driving Mr Seymour’s Ford Transit van when they spun off the road into a garden fence and collided with two parked cars, leaving Mr Seymour, 47, with serious head injuries.

Neighbours stopped Clarke from attempting to leave the scene. The police were called and Clarke was arrested after refusing to provide a roadside breath test.

He eventually agreed to provide a blood sample four hours after the crash, which showed he had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

In mitigation Shaun Esprit, for Clarke, said his client was sorry. 

Mr Seymour played for Coventry City and Millwall football clubs and more recently was an ambassador for the Offside Trust, which was set up to support victims of abuse in sport.

For the full story, see next week’s Henley Standard

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