By Kevin Unitt 21/08 Updated: 21/08 12:24
A MAN who killed his brother and seriously injured two other relatives in a head-on crash as he overtook an articulated lorry near Warwick has been jailed for four and a half years.
Valer Kvec had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to causing the death of 18-year-old Michael Kvec in Europa Way at Greys Mallory, in December last year, by dangerous driving and while unlicensed.
Judge Alan Parker also banned the 31-year-old, from Birmingham, from driving for ten years.
The fatal crash took place as Kvec was driving a Honda Accord along Europa Way towards the M40 at about 8pm on December 6, with Michael next to him and two women, his sister-in-law and a female cousin, in the rear.
Prosecutor Madhu Rai said the road, which was damp, had a 50mph limit, and Kvec’s Honda Accord was behind a car driven by Christina Hales, with the articulated lorry ahead of her BMW on a section of road with ‘a sweeping left-hand curve.’
Kvec attempted to overtake both vehicles but collided with a Mondeo coming in the opposite direction, destroying both cars and sending them spinning into the lorry.
Luckily the Mondeo driver had only minor injuries and the foreign lorry driver was unhurt.
But Michael Kvec was crushed against the dashboard of the Honda and died instantly, and Kvec suffered fractures to his leg and wrist, broken ribs and a neck injury.
In the rear both women had life-threatening injuries, Nela Harna having brain trauma which left her in a coma and in hospital for three months, while Sirbeanka-Aurica Angel’s injuries included broken ankles and a broken femur,
After being arrested in hospital, Kvec, who listened to the case with the help of a Romanian interpreter, claimed the lorry had been ‘swinging’ – but no-one else saw that.
He had no UK driving licence, and enquiries revealed he did not have a valid Romanian one either, said Mrs Rai.
Zaheer Afzal, defending, said it had been ‘a short piece of bad driving,’ adding: “He is a man whose regret and remorse is entirely genuine, and he accepts full responsibility for the accident.”
Jailing Kvec, Judge Parker told him: “It is no mitigation that you did not know the road; you should never have begun to overtake at all on that stretch of road in those circumstances.
“I accept that you are profoundly sorry for what has happened and that the physical scars you are certain to suffer for the rest of your life are as nothing compared to the psychological scars you will also suffer.
“I was deeply touched by your mother’s letter. I know that at the moment she has lost two sons. You will return to her, but your brother will not.”
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