Lancashire

Scarisbrick fatal crash: Southport man jailed for two years

Kenneth Grisedale and photograph of Southport Road Image copyright Lancashire Police / Google
Image caption Kenneth Grisedale was jailed for causing the collision on Southport Road that killed a man

A man who caused a fatal head-on crash has been jailed for killing a car passenger by dangerous driving.

Kenneth Grisedale, 58, admitted causing the death of 46-year-old Andrew Birch in Scarisbrick, Lancashire in January last year.

Grisedale, from Southport, dangerously overtook Mr Birch's car which collided with an oncoming vehicle, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

He was sentenced to two years in jail and banned from driving for two years.

'Reckless actions'

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Image caption Andrew Birch, from Skelmersdale, died in hospital on 6 January

On the evening of 6 January 2015, Mr Grisedale carried out a dangerous manoeuvre in his BMW, overtaking a Peugeot Horizon on Southport Road before speeding off towards Southport.

As a result, the driver of a Toyota Carina that was travelling in the opposite direction lost control before it collided head-on with the Peugeot.

Andrew Birch, who was a passenger in the Peugeot, suffered fatal injuries.

His 80-year-old mother who was driving the car and the driver of the Toyota, a 41-year-old woman, were also seriously injured.

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Image caption Mr Grisedale's grey BMW was involved in an overtaking manoeuvre causing two other vehicles to collide

Det Sgt Keith Rimmer from Lancashire Police said it was "the reckless actions of Kenneth Grisedale" that led to the death of Mr Birch "in tragic circumstances".

"I hope today's sentence sends out a clear message to anyone who carries out dangerous manoeuvres and takes risks on the roads.

"Such behaviour can cost lives and cause devastation to the families of those involved."

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