Duddington fatal crash: Driver jailed for 18 months

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A driver has been cleared of causing the death of his brother and another passenger through dangerous driving.

But Juris Zunda, 42, admitted causing death while driving while disqualified and was jailed for 18 months.

His people carrier crashed with a lorry on the A43 at Duddington, Northamptonshire, in December, killing Igors Zunda and Jevgenijs Draguns.

Zunda, from Lincoln, was cleared of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Northampton Crown Court.

He admitted the alternative charge of causing death by driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured.

The three-day trial heard Mr Zunda, of Yarborough Crescent, flouted his ban to take his four passengers from Lincoln to Northampton.

His two-year-old nephew, Igors Zunda's son, was left paralysed and another passenger, Julija Vonfelfende, was seriously injured.

He was also sentenced on the basis that he was uninsured and was given a four-year driving ban.

Judge Richard Bray said: "This was a very serious accident which cost the lives of the two and caused serious injuries to another two, one of them a child whom I am told is permanently disabled.

"This accident would never had happened were you not driving that vehicle."

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