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Fatal crash driver's appeal bid fails

PUBLISHED: 13:45 25 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK motorist whose "impatient" driving caused the tragic death of a "happy and caring" teenager has failed in an Appeal Court bid to cut his jail term.

A SUFFOLK motorist whose "impatient" driving caused the tragic death of a "happy and caring" teenager has failed in an Appeal Court bid to cut his jail term.

Dean Everett, of Tayler Road, Hadleigh, pleaded guilty to causing 18-year-old Mark Calkin's death by dangerous driving at Ipswich Crown Court on March 8, and was later jailed for two years.

The 35-year-old's barrister, Simon Spence, claimed the sentence was "manifestly excessive", especially as Everett had pleaded guilty and was himself badly injured in the accident.

But Judge Kenneth Zucker, QC, sitting in London with Lord Justice Kay and Mr Justice Burton, said Everett only pleaded guilty two days before his trial was due to start and the fatal crash was an example of particularly bad driving.

He told the court: "We agree with the original trial judge who said Everett must have been aware of the risk he was taking. Under the circumstances the sentence was not manifestly excessive and the appeal must fail."

Judge Zucker explained how Everett overtook a single-decker bus on the blind bend of a "narrow and winding" road between Ipswich and Hadleigh at around 8.15pm on February 21 last year.

Seconds earlier the "impatient driver" overtook another car whose driver told police he though it was unsafe to pass on the road.

Everett, who was also banned from driving for four years, finally crashed head on into a car driven by Mark Calkin. The front of his car was "completely crushed" and it burst into flames and the teenager was burnt to death.

Judge Zucker described how passengers from the bus and other drivers vainly tried to pull unconscious Mr Calkin from the car but were beaten back by the flames.

He said it was "merciful" the victim was knocked out and would not have felt any pain but his parents were "shattered" by his death.

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