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Uninsured driver killed newlywed mother in head-on crash

Thomas Canning has been jailed for causing the death of 32-year-old Lisa Fleming.

Lisa Fleming: Judge read 'heartbreaking' statements from family.
Lisa Fleming: Judge read 'heartbreaking' statements from family.

An uninsured driver who killed a newlywed mother-of-two in a head-on crash after overtaking on a blind bend has been jailed for more than four years.

Thomas Canning, 22, from Clynder, Dunbartonshire, admitted causing the death of 32-year-old Lisa Fleming on the B833 Rosneath Road, Rosneath, on July 31, 2017 by dangerous driving.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Ms Fleming, who got married the month before her death, had been shopping in Dumbarton and had texted her husband at 4.50pm to say she was heading home to Rosneath.

At 5.50pm her Corsa was hit head-on by a Ford Mondeo being driven by Canning on the wrong side of the road.

Less than half an hour later she was pronounced death at the scene of the crash by paramedics.

The court heard Ms Fleming could have done nothing to avoid the fatal collision.

On Tuesday, judge Lord Mulholland jailed Canning for four-and-a-half years and disqualified him from driving for eight.

The judge told Canning: "You drove your vehicle too fast and you overtook when it was unsafe to do so at a point you where you were unable to see oncoming traffic.

"This lethal combination turned your vehicle in to a weapon which you lost control of.

"(Ms Fleming) had no time to react, your driving was appalling and to compound the tragedy, you were uninsured which indicates to me a casual attitude to the road traffic laws."

The court heard Ms Fleming had a young daughter with her husband and a son from a previous relationship.

Lord Mulholland said he had read "heartbreaking" victim impact statements from Ms Fleming's family and told Canning: "You have visited upon them a life sentence of grief and loss."

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