Location: Nantyglo, Brynmawr
Sentence: 5 Years 4 Months In Prison
- Causing death by dangerous driving
- Causing serious injury by dangerous driving
Cerys Price was driving an Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck on the A467 near Bassaleg, Newport on Friday 15 July, 2016 when she crossed into the opposing carriageway and collided head-on with a Vauxhall Astra.
Driving the Astra was Robert Dean, 65, who died as a result of the collision, while 30-year-old Jack Tinklin, a passenger in the vehicle driven by Price, sustained serious injuries in the incident.
Analysis of Price’s blood found that she had a concentration of 1,803 micrograms per litre of the pain killer Tramadol, which was not prescribed to her, and this level of toxicity caused her to have a provoked seizure.
On Thursday 6 February, Price, 28, was sentenced to five years and four months at Cardiff Crown Court.
Sergeant Bob Witherall, from Gwent Police’s forensic collision investigation unit, said: “We welcome the sentence handed down by the court, which illustrates the severity of Cerys Price’s actions, today.
“We pay tribute to Robert Dean’s family for their patience, support and understanding throughout the investigation at what must have been an immensely difficult time for them.
“They have shown an incredible amount of bravery and dignity while sitting through the trial of their loved one’s death and our thoughts and condolences remain with them.
“It was Cerys Price’s decision to get behind the wheel and drive, even after taking a strong and unprescribed medical painkiller.
“Her flagrant disregard for other road users, both inside and outside of the vehicle she was in control of, has resulted in tragedy.
“May this be a warning to other motorists as to the potentially disastrous consequences and dangers of misusing unprescribed medication and driving.
“This has been a long and complex investigation and we are grateful to all the witnesses and various medical and forensic experts who provide valuable assistance.”
Price will be disqualified from driving for a period of 64 months - five years and four months - when she will be able to take an extended and mandatory retest.