Unin­sured driver jailed for two years af­ter crash which killed his friend

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A DRIVER with­out a full li­cence lost con­trol of his car and skid­ded off a wet road into a tree, killing his friend.

Nathan Mon­ing­ton, 26, held a pro­vi­sional driv­ing li­cence but was not be­ing su­per­vised by a qual­i­fied driver at the time of the crash. He was not in­sured ei­ther when he took a bend too fast.

Sen­tenc­ing him at Cardiff Crown Court, Judge Neil Bid­der QC said he caused the death of an “in­no­cent young man”.

His friend and pas­sen­ger Thomas Cody, known as Tom, was 24 when he died.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the evening of Fe­bru­ary 21 last year on the A4119 at Groes­faen as he was driv­ing to­wards Llantrisant.

Clare Wilks, pros­e­cut­ing, said it was dark and had been rain­ing heav­ily as Mon­ing­ton drove his Citroen Pi­casso into a bend and lost con­trol.

Po­lice es­ti­mated he was driv­ing at about 48mph and a safe speed would have been 30mph, given the road con­di­tions.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the car left the road and col­lided with trees.

Mr Cody suf­fered “se­vere in­juries”. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Mon­ing­ton, from Wind­sor Place in Pon­typridd, ad­mit­ted caus­ing death by driv­ing care­lessly while unin­sured and with­out a li­cence.

James Evans, de­fend­ing, said the pair were close friends, adding: “His re­morse is very deep and very gen­uine.”

Mr Evans said the de­fen­dant was trav­el­ling 12mph be­low the speed limit.

Judge Bid­der noted he was driv­ing “sub­stan­tially too fast” for the road con­di­tions.

Mon­ing­ton was jailed for two years and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for four years from the time of his re­lease.

> Nathan Mon­ing­ton

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