Driver jailed for horror car crash

The wreckage of the fatal crash in Ganton
The wreckage of the fatal crash in Ganton

A deadly driver has been jailed after he killed a great-grandmother in a “horrific” head-on bank holiday car smash in Ganton.

Police say Steven Hey can use his six year sentence to reflect on the devastation he’s caused the family of pensioner Dorothy Brookes, after the fatal crash on May 26 last year.

At his sentencing hearing at York Crown Court on Friday February 14, Mrs Brookes’ daughter Karen Thorburn told the court how the “stalwart” of her family had been ripped from them by Hey, who had fallen asleep at the wheel.

And demanding the maximum sentence, she said she still expects her mum to walk through the door and say “Did you miss me?”

The 80-year-old died on the A64 whilst on her way with her son and great-granddaughter for a family holiday in Scarborough.

The crash was so severe that the caravan being towed by her vehicle was hurled into the air before smashing into the rear of her car. Mrs Brookes, who had been in the back seat, was declared dead at the scene after suffering severe chest and abdominal injuries.

Hey, 30, had been drinking heavily that morning at the nightclub he managed. He set off with a female passenger on an 86 mile journey to Scarborough.

He was spotted on CCTV staggering to the car, and other people on the A64 reported his poor driving to the police.

Hey was pulled over by a police officer at Seamer hours before the crash, but was allowed to leave with a “friendly warning”.

And handing down the sentence, Judge Stephen Ashurst said Hey must have been “astonished” he wasn’t asked to provide a breath sample, after back calculations showed at the time of the accident, Hey had been almost twice the legal limit.