Tunstall man jailed for causing death of a motorist on A500

A Stoke-on-Trent man has been jailed after being found guilty of causing the death of a motorist on the A500 in December 2014.

Nathan Confrey from Tunstall, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for causing death by careless driving at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court today.

Upon release, the 33 year-old will be banned from driving for two years and on completion of this he will be required to take an extended retest.

Confrey stood trial at the same court between Monday 26 September and Friday 30 September where he was convicted of the above offence after being found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The collision happened at around 11.50pm on Saturday 13 December 2014 on the A500, underneath the A53 island, and involved a grey Volkswagen Touran and a black Renault Megane.

Sadly, the driver of the Volkswagen, 28 year old Nathan Smallwood, from the Longton area died at the scene. His wife, now aged 32, was a passenger and she suffered serious life changing injuries. She remained in hospital receiving treatment until January 2015.

Confrey himself suffered serious leg injuries and required significant hospital treatment.

PC Andy Hogan-Hughes, investigating officer, said: "Throughout this investigation specially trained officers have continued to offer support to the family of those involved.

"Confrey drove in a way that completely disregarded the safety of other road users and resulted in the tragic loss of a young man’s life.

"Nathan’s wife and family have been completely devastated by his death and our thoughts remain very much with them at this time."

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