Speeding driver jailed after death of popular Oldbury couple

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A SPEEDING driver has been given a four and a half year jail sentence after admitting causing the death of a popular Oldbury couple in their 80s.

Damon Richardson was jailed today (Friday) at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting driving his Audi A3 dangerously along Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury at over twice the speed limit.

He approached the junction of Brandhall Road just after 1.20pm on Thursday, May 23, last year when he crashed into an oncoming Volvo killing Reverend John Bedford and his wife Audrey,.

There were trying to turn right from Wolverhampton Road into Brandhall Road but minutes later died together at the scene after the horror smash.

Richardson, aged 23, from Churchill, Frankley Green, and his 26-year-old passenger also sustained serious injuries and were treated in hospital.

Collision investigator Sergeant Neil Higgins said: "Wolverhampton Road is very busy and on a major bus route with numerous intersections and junctions.

"The road passes through residential and business areas and there is a school near to the collision scene."

He added: "This is another example of a vehicle being driven at totally unacceptable and wholly inappropriate speeds placing members of the public at significant risk.

"As a result of this tragic collision a family has lost their beloved parents and grandparents who will be sadly missed. Both John and Audrey were active members of the community who were loved and respected by many people around the world."

A family statement said: "Mom and dad will not only be missed by us, their children and their grandchildren but by Christians the world over."

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