Darlington driver who killed friend and seriously injured own father in road accident is jailed

Darlington and Stockton Times: FATAL CRASH: Duanne McLoughlin FATAL CRASH: Duanne McLoughlin

A DRIVER who killed a friend and seriously injured his father when he crashed an uninsured works van was yesterday (Tuesday) jailed for two years and eight months.

Duanne McLoughlin was impassive in the dock at Teesside Crown Court as details of the tragedy on the outskirts of Darlington were revealed for the first time.

The 23-year-old was driving a Peugeot which collided with a lorry near the junction of Brownside Lane and Houghton Bank on the A68 at Heighington last May.

The court heard how the accident happened when he simply failed to stop at a 'give way' sign where the country road he was leaving meets the main carriageway.

McLoughlin was unfamiliar with the road and was using it because his usual route from the family pub to a cash-and-carry warehouse was closed that day.

Front seat passenger Peter Hammond, 49, suffered a fractured skull and multiple internal injuries and died instantly, prosecutor Paul Newcombe told the court.

McLoughlin's father, Stephen, sustained serious multiple injuries and was airlifted to hospital from the scene; while his son was treated for whiplash.

Mr McLoughlin, 42, was thrown about in the back of the van as it took off, flipped and overturned before hitting a fence and coming to rest on a grass verge.

He suffered two breaks in his back, four smashed ribs, fractures in his jaw, cheekbone, right elbow, left wrist, left hip, right heel and left foot, while his hair was ripped out and right shin shattered.

Mr Newcombe said he was in hospital for five weeks and has undergone numerous operations where metal work has been inserted to repair the devastating damage.

Peter Furness, mitigating, said: "Mr McLoughlin is in court to support his son. He says he would take those injuries again if it helped save his son today."

The court heard that the van had a faulty brake and McLoughlin - a barman at the pub - had let his insurance lapse because he did not have the money for it.

Mr Furness said: "The root cause of this accident is the fact that he missed the junction and pulled straight out into the path of another vehicle."

One witness later told investigators how they saw a cloud of debris and the van "tumbling", while another said: "It all happened in the blink of an eye."

McLoughlin said Mr Hammond warned him about the junction as they were almost upon it, and added: "I jammed the brakes on, but just kept going straight out."

Darlington and Stockton Times:
Peter Hammond

Mr Hammond, a grandfather-of-two, from Bolam, between Darlington and West Auckland, was described in family tributes as "big-hearted" and "a good lad".

He was a business development manager for a vehicle hire company, was a keen fisherman, and loved spending time with his twin grandsons, James and Harry.

McLoughlin, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death when uninsured.

Judge Peter Armstrong also banned him from the roads for three years after telling him: "Your father was perhaps fortunate to survive this as you were."

Mr Furness told the court: "The death has caused him enormous emotional turmoil. The death of a family friend - his father's best friend - makes it even worse.

Darlington and Stockton Times:
Stephen McLoughlin

"There is genuine remorse and I say Mr McLoughlin is experiencing that. It will continue long after his sentence has been served."

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8:36am Wed 26 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

"McLoughlin, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death when uninsured."

So, two and eight months in the clink for the above offences, with good behaviour the sentence will be halved, so this scumbag will serve 10 months more than the person who punched a horse in Newcastle.
"McLoughlin, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death when uninsured." So, two and eight months in the clink for the above offences, with good behaviour the sentence will be halved, so this scumbag will serve 10 months more than the person who punched a horse in Newcastle. Jackaranda

12:18pm Wed 26 Feb 14

whowho says...

You know nothing about this story or this person, so keep opinions to yourself
You know nothing about this story or this person, so keep opinions to yourself whowho

1:13pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Saint Crow says...

I hope his 3 year driving ban starts after he's released.
Ridiculous if it runs concurrently.
I hope his 3 year driving ban starts after he's released. Ridiculous if it runs concurrently. Saint Crow

4:30pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

The only reason this chap has admitted to dangerous driving, is that if he had not, the sentence would have been greater.

I know none of the persons involved, but I know for a fact the driver McLoughlin will also suffer the effects of his accidental actions, for the rest of his life.

"The court heard how the accident happened " not a deliberate act, an "accident"
i.e. "an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention"

Is locking him up really going to help solve anything, especially with no intent to harm.
The only reason this chap has admitted to dangerous driving, is that if he had not, the sentence would have been greater. I know none of the persons involved, but I know for a fact the driver McLoughlin will also suffer the effects of his accidental actions, for the rest of his life. "The court heard how the accident happened " not a deliberate act, an "accident" i.e. "an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention" Is locking him up really going to help solve anything, especially with no intent to harm. NO EINSTEIN

6:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Teamspirit999 says...

This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself!
This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself! Teamspirit999

9:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Teamspirit999 wrote:
This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself!
Your so right Teamspirit999 accidents do happen, I feel for the family I really do, but it seems like im the only one.
[quote][p][bold]Teamspirit999[/bold] wrote: This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself![/p][/quote]Your so right Teamspirit999 accidents do happen, I feel for the family I really do, but it seems like im the only one. NO EINSTEIN

10:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

Teamspirit999 wrote:
This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself!
Uninsured drivers are scum, end of. Inane tributes to dross need to remain on Facebook, nowhere else!!
[quote][p][bold]Teamspirit999[/bold] wrote: This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself![/p][/quote]Uninsured drivers are scum, end of. Inane tributes to dross need to remain on Facebook, nowhere else!! Jackaranda

8:59am Thu 27 Feb 14

whowho says...

I agree with your comments, this boy is my family and he is the nicest person you would meet, he will suffer for the rest of his life for this ACCIDENT, you have no idea of the story
I agree with your comments, this boy is my family and he is the nicest person you would meet, he will suffer for the rest of his life for this ACCIDENT, you have no idea of the story whowho

9:00am Thu 27 Feb 14

whowho says...

Teamspirit999 wrote:
This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself!
So true ^^
[quote][p][bold]Teamspirit999[/bold] wrote: This guy is a great man. I new him very well and accidents will always continue to happen... The family of the guy are grieving and when they read your comments it will upset as they are close family friends. This was an accident and they will always continue to happen nothing we can do about it. I would appreciate that you keep your views to yourself, he now has to live with this for the rest of his life could you Imagine that? You people call him names but you imagine you had an accident you had to leave all your family for that long. Some people honestly don't think straight like yourself![/p][/quote]So true ^^ whowho

3:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

pixie4612 says...

Very sad for all concerned.
I hope this highlights to others how essential it is to maintain insurance policies for the benefit of yourself and others.
I can see that the prison time is brief but it looks apparent to me that this lad won't forget what happened in a hurry.
Very sad for all concerned. I hope this highlights to others how essential it is to maintain insurance policies for the benefit of yourself and others. I can see that the prison time is brief but it looks apparent to me that this lad won't forget what happened in a hurry. pixie4612

10:37pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ad lucem says...

His solicitor referred to it as an "accident" as you would expect. In any event "accident" does not mean nobody is at fault as is being suggested in the comments above by the GUILTY party's apologists.
His solicitor referred to it as an "accident" as you would expect. In any event "accident" does not mean nobody is at fault as is being suggested in the comments above by the GUILTY party's apologists. ad lucem

4:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

snwbrdr says...

whowho wrote:
You know nothing about this story or this person, so keep opinions to yourself
Whowho this is a comments section it's for people to put their opinions on news stories. The story tells me enough to know he needs some time in prison and much longer than he got.

1) Driving without insurance
2) Driving without due care or attention
3) Driving an un-roadworthy vehicle
4) Due to the above resulted in someone's death
5) Despite the above a miracle he didn't kill any other innocent parties

Yes we all make stupid mistakes and bad judgement but when the consequences are this severe time to man up and take his punishment.
[quote][p][bold]whowho[/bold] wrote: You know nothing about this story or this person, so keep opinions to yourself[/p][/quote]Whowho this is a comments section it's for people to put their opinions on news stories. The story tells me enough to know he needs some time in prison and much longer than he got. 1) Driving without insurance 2) Driving without due care or attention 3) Driving an un-roadworthy vehicle 4) Due to the above resulted in someone's death 5) Despite the above a miracle he didn't kill any other innocent parties Yes we all make stupid mistakes and bad judgement but when the consequences are this severe time to man up and take his punishment. snwbrdr

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