Oakham man John Clarke, 79, jailed for causing crash which killed mother and daughter

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A 79-year-old man has been jailed for four years after causing a car crash while drunk that killed a mother and daughter.

John Clarke, of Warn Crescent, Oakham, was handed the jail sentence and a 10-year driving ban at Leicester Crown Court today (Wednesday).

Clarke pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink at an earlier hearing.

The charges relate to a crash that led to the death of Jacqueline Hibbins, 65, and her mother Jeanne Slyfield, 85, who lived together in Oakham.

Clarke was driving his Ford Galaxy on the A6003 Oakham Road towards Oakham at about 11.10am on March 18, 2010 when he lost control on a bend, crossed onto the opposite carriageway and crashed into a Ford Focus coming the other way.

Mrs Hibbins suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died four days later.

Det con Paul Bingham said: “This was a tragic incident which left the family to cope with not just the loss of one member of their family but two.

“Both Jacqueline and Jeanne were loving mothers and grandmothers with Jeanne also being a great grandmother.

“Their deaths have left a huge space in their families’ lives and they are still attempting to deal with the effect that this tragedy has had on them some three years on.

“This case is a sad reminder of the devastating effect drink driving can have and we hope that this highlights the consequences that the drunk driver may face.”