South West Wales

Tenby test drive crash death man guilty

A man has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after crashing the car he was trying to sell on a test drive.

A jury heard Nathan Morris, 24, of Tenby, was allegedly driving at up to 75mph in a 50mph zone at the time.

Gavin Collier, 20, of Neath, who travelled to Pembrokeshire to view the Peugeot, died in the crash.

The judge at Swansea told Morris, who admitted causing death by careless driving, to expect a jail sentence.

"I have to be realistic - and so do you - you are facing a custodial sentence," Judge John Diehl QC warned, releasing Morris on conditional bail.

Mr Collier's family and Dyfed-Powys Police welcomed the verdict.

'Untimely death'

Swansea Crown Court had heard Mr Collier travelled to the seaside resort to view the Peugeot 106 on February 17 last year.

On a test drive, Morris, who was driving at the time, lost control and crashed in to a parked vehicle.

The prosecution said he was trying to manoeuvre around a sweeping left hand bend while travelling at up to 75mph.

Mr Collier died of his injuries in the crash on the A4139.

Trainee mechanic Morris, who was injured, told police he was only driving at 50mph at the time.

Judge Diehl adjourned sentencing for reports into his background.

Speaking after the case outside court, Mr Collier's father Jonathan said his son's family and friends had been "devastated by his tragic and untimely death."

"Gavin loved life but had his whole future cruelly snatched away from him by the reckless and irresponsible actions of Nathan Morris," he added.

"While nothing will ever bring Gavin back, his family hopes his death has not been entirely in vain, and will act as a warning to others of the tragic consequences that can result from dangerous and irresponsible driving."

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