Shropshire

Ex-PC Vinod Dahiya jailed for killing two in crash

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Image caption Vinod Dahiya was jailed for six years and eight months for causing the crash

A former police officer has been jailed for killing a mother and her 14-year-old daughter who died in a five-car crash.

Vinod Dahiya was jailed for six years and eight months for causing the deaths of Diane McGrail, aged 53, and daughter Kira from Market Drayton, Shropshire.

The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Stafford Crown Court.

He also admitted one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The mother and daughter died at the scene of the crash on the A5 near Weston Park. Mrs McGrail's teenage son, the driver of the car they were in, was seriously injured.

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Dahiya's BMW 5 series hit the McGrails' Seat Ibiza at 2.20pm on 6 July, 2015.

An Audi R8, Renault Megane and a Citroen C4 Picasso were also caught up in the crash, which closed the road for almost 12 hours.

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Image caption The crash happened on the A5 near Weston Park

Dahiya, from Wallett Drive in Muxton, Telford, was also disqualified from driving for seven years and will have to be retested afterwards.

He was sacked for gross misconduct from West Mercia Police in November 2015 for lying during a police interview before his rape trial.

He was found not guilty of one count of rape.

Dahiya worked as a police constable in the Shropshire area for 10 years before losing his job.

'Irresponsible and dangerous'

Investigating officer Sgt Ian Tanner said: "Today's plea and sentence is to be welcomed and I hope it brings some comfort to the family and friends of Diane and Kira.

"This collision robbed a mother and daughter of their lives and left a third family member seriously injured. He is still continuing to receive medical treatment.

"Dahiya caused this collision through irresponsible and dangerous driving and his actions were completely reckless."

West Mercia Police spokesman Sam Cook said the force would not comment on the case.

"Our thoughts are with the victims' families at this sad time," he said.

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