‘Sick Facebook taunt’ of killer drink-driver
A DRUNK driver who killed a grandfather then allegedly taunted the victim’s family with a sick Facebook rhyme has been jailed for six years.
Shane Davis, 26, veered into the wrong lane on a bend at 70mph and crashed head-on into 82-year-old William Day’s car.
The road’s speed limit was 60mph but the bend had a safe maximum speed of 55mph, the court heard.
Davis allegedly wrote a “poem” that he pasted on Facebook: “Twinkle twinkle little star I want to hit with my car, throw you off a tree so high, hope you break your neck and die.”
He denied the allegation.
The victim’s badly injured wife Christine died in hospital from a heart attack nine days later. Doctors were unable to establish a link between her injuries and her death.
The Day family’s distress was then compounded by social media messages allegedly posted by Davis.
One appeared to be about a court appearance when he had seen the family’s car parked outside. It said, “They couldn’t even afford a parking ticket with their disabled car.”
Davis, 26, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, who was badly Crash victim, grandfather William Day, and wife Christine, who also died. Right, the sick, mocking Facebook poem injured in the collision, admitted causing the death of Mr Day by careless driving last November while nearly twice over the alcohol limit.
He was also banned from driving for six years.
Recorder Oba Nsugbe told him: “It is unthinkable that a double tragedy has befallen this family in this way.
“I have heard heart-wrenching evidence from their twin daughters.
“The pain and distress they have suffered is unimaginable. They spoke of a grandfather, father, husband, who was loved and treasured by all. He was killed as he was driving home from helping his family, something he did often.”
Steve Young, defending, told Gloucester Crown Court that not all of the messages were posted by Davis. He said Davis could not remember the horror crash. Mr Young added: “He has not set out to make matters worse for the family.”
Davis suffered a bleed on his brain, fractured neck and skull, and breaks to his ribs and leg. Prosecutor Brandon Moorhouse said on the day of the incident Davis had already crashed his car into the back of a parked vehicle in Cirencester.
The woman owner spoke to him and took a picture of his registration plate as he drove off.
Fifteen minutes later on a sharp bend on the A429 near Cotswold airport he veered into the wrong lane and hit Mr Day’s car.
Daughters Susanne and Rose told of their devastation. Susanne said in a statement: “Christmas was the most heartbreaking experience of our lives. To endure the sight of both our parents’ coffins in the church at a time when people are looking forward.”
She said she had spotted Davis several times since the crash and he was not then wearing the neck brace he has always worn in court.
Heartbroken Susanne added: “It is just the measure of a man who has no remorse. Our lives will never be the same again. Somehow we have got to live with this.”
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