Crash driver Jason Huxtable blamed dying victim

Jason Huxtable
Image caption Jason Huxtable had been drinking with his friends

A disqualified driver who tried to blame a fatal road accident on one of the crash's victims has been jailed for six years.

Exeter Crown Court heard that after the crash Jason Huxtable told a driver that dying Emma Kift, 21, had caused it.

Another passenger, Johnny Popple, 23, died after being trapped in the car.

Construction worker Huxtable, 22, from Bratton Fleming, Devon admitted two counts of causing death by careless driving when over the prescribed limit.

The court heard Huxtable lost control of the car he was driving at Loxhore Cross, near Barnstaple in Devon, last June.

Young mother Ms Kift, a front-seat passenger, was thrown from the car as it flipped over a hedge and rolled down a bank in the early hours.

Huxtable flagged down a passing lorry driver and attempted to hitch a ride home.

When the lorry driver refused, the defendant said Ms Kift had been driving, the court was told.

Prosecutor Andrew Macfarlane said the friends had been drinking that evening when they decided to go into Barnstaple to get some food.

It was agreed Huxtable, who had been banned from driving three months earlier, should drive as he was considered "the most sober", taking Ms Kift's vehicle.

Hazel Kift, Ms Kift's mother, said after the case: "We are, and always will be, devastated by the loss of Emma and Johnny.

"Our grief and heartbreaking loss is only compounded by the fact this tragedy could have been avoided."

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