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M5 CRASH DEATH DRIVER IS JAILED.

Byline: Brett Gibbons

A COACH driver who caused the death of a Birmingham fatherof-two in a Gloucestershire motorway pile-up has been jailed for two years.

Daniel Parr, 25, admitted he was driving his Megabus too fast on the fog-bound M5 when the accident that claimed the life of 30-year-old Raymond Vaughan happened.

The collision, just before Christmas 2010, caused a major pile-up at junction 8 near Strensham, involving a lorry, coach and three cars.

Gloucester Crown Court heard other motorists were so concerned about conditions on the morning of December 12 that they slowed down to 40mph.

Yet Parr, who admitted he could see just 72ft ahead, was driving at 62mph - the maximum speed under law for his coach.

Because of the appalling weather, Parr did not see an articulated lorry travelling at 40mph in front of him on the northbound carriageway.

The court heard he tried to take evasive action but clipped the rear of the truck, causing it to smash through the central reservation and on to the southbound carriageway. Mr Vaughan's black Ford Fiesta then collided with the lorry and a Rover ploughed into his car.

At an earlier hearing, Parr, of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

Judge Susan Evans QC yesterday jailed Parr for two years, banned him from driving for three years and ordered he take an extended driving test. She added: "I know what happened that day will have a profound effect upon you for the rest of your life and that you wish you could turn back the clock."

Mr Vaughan is survived by wife Hayley and the couple's young children, Lewis, aged six, and four-yearold Jessica.

His family said at the time of the accident: "Ray was loved by everyone through his unassuming, caring and giving character.

"Ray only ever saw the best in people and these brilliant qualities will be deeply and sadly missed."

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