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Driver Who 'Ruined' Dorset Family's Life Jailed For Causing Fatal Collision

Basanta Thapa

5:08pm 27th November 2014
(Updated 5:23pm 27th November 2014)

A man who "ruined" the lives of a Dorset family has been jailed for five years and eight months for causing a crash which claimed the life of a father and seriously injured his wife and young daughter.

Basanta Thapa from Taunton, was overtaking a lorry on the A31 at Winterborne Zelston before crashing into an unsuspecting car being driven by Mike Brown.

Mike was killed at the scene while his wife and daughter, who is eight, were left in critical condition.

Mr Brown’s wife Claire said: "Mike was very much a family man. He took great pride in the upbringing of our daughter Josie."

"Mine and Josie’s lives have been traumatically ruined. Every day is so hard living without Mike."

"I cry myself to sleep every night and not a minute goes by when we don’t think of him."

Basanta Thapa was also sentenced to two years imprisonment for two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to run concurrently.

The 29-year-old was disqualified from driving for 10 years and told he would have to take an extended test before being allowed to drive again.

Thapa pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday 7 November 2014 at the same court.

The court heard the collision happened at 5.56pm on Monday 24 March 2014 and involved another driver in a Mercedes who was uninjured in the crash.

Senior investigating officer Sergeant Jon Wren, of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: "The sentence handed out today sends a very clear message to motorists in Dorset, who chose to drive dangerously, that they will be dealt with robustly, especially if their actions lead to fatal consequences."

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