Frech driver causes death by ‘forgetting he was on the wrong side of the road’

A driver who killed a father of two by driving on the wrong side of the road has been freed by Appeal Court judges because he is French.

Alexis Sebastien Fleury had ‘lower culpability’ for causing the death of 62-year-old David Crane than a British driver would have done, the judges ruled.

Mr Crane, of Rolvenden, Kent, was on his way home from work at 11.30pm on August 3, 2012, when his Skoda Fabia was hit head-on by Fleury’s grey Renault Laguna on the A28 near Tenterden.

Charity fundraiser Mr Crane, who was a carer for his disabled wife,  suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

Fleury was acquitted by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving but was convicted of causing death by  careless driving in July and jailed for 18 months.

Yesterday Lord Justice Lloyd Jones, Mr Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Green, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, halved that sentence to nine months – meaning 25-year-old Fleury will walk free next week.

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The court heard that Fleury from Orleans, central France, was driving to visit his English girlfriend, Emily Crick, in Wadhurst, East Sussex. He had travelled from France through the Eurotunnel.

Fleury performed a U-turn and was driving down the wrong side of the road, when he crashed head-on into Mr Crane’s car.

The Frenchman had been awake for 16 hours and had been driving for six and a-half hours at the time.
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Posted: December 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm