An officer forming part of Lincolnshire Police’s collision investigation team has issued a stark warning to motorists following the imprisonment of a man whose dangerous driving caused the death of a couple.
Speaking after the sentencing of Andrei Botnari, who caused a head-on collision while overtaking on a blind bend, Pc Stewart Cooke said: “The Judge’s words are a sobre reminder to all motorists that they take their own lives, and those of other road users into their hands, every time they get behind the wheel.
“Mr Botnari had a previously clean driving record but one dangerous manoevre has resulted in the deaths of a much-loved couple, just minutes from their home.”
** Published Tuesday, July 8, 1.12pm: A motorist killed two people when he caused a head-on collision after attempting to overtake on the approach to a blind bend, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Tuesday).
Andrei Botnari pulled out to overtake both a van and a lorry on the A607 just outside Fulbeck but drove straight into the path of an oncoming car.
Jonathan Straw, prosecuting, said the two people in the oncoming car, Geoffrey Cook, 60, and his wife Jill Trail, 59, were both killed in the collision which caused massive impact damage to their MG vehicle.
The incident occurred as the couple were driving back to their home in the neighbouring village of Caythorpe.
Mr Straw said: “This defendant embarked and persisted in a lengthy, dangerous overtaking manoeuvre immediately prior to a blind bend.”
The collision occurred when Botnari was on the wrong side of the road and the MG was on its correct side.
Afterwards Botnari remained at the scene and admitted he was responsible for the fatal collision saying: “I’ve killed two people. It’s my fault.”
Botnari, 29, of Main Road, Leadenham, admitted two charges of causing death by dangerous driving as a result of the collision on 28 September 2013. He was jailed for 32 months and banned from driving for three years.
Mauro Maselli, defending, said Botnari had no previous driving convictions and apologised for the incident.