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Learner driver who caused fatal crash in Lincolnshire only had six lessons

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 26, 2011

Lincoln Crown Court

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AN uninsured learner driver caused a fatal crash while taking friends to catch an early morning flight.

Piotr Koch, 26, of Tytton Lane East, Wyberton, stepped in to help work colleague Diana Priede, 21, after the driver who was due to take her to East Midlands Airport let her down at the last minute.

Koch was left with little more than an hour to complete the 70 mile journey from Boston and drove at high speeds in a bid to make up time.

Prosecutor Phil Howes told Lincoln Crown Court that Koch averaged almost 80mph, but halfway through the journey lost control of his Vauxhall Vectra on a bend and left the road on the A52 at Osbournby.

Miss Priede was thrown from the vehicle and died from severe head injuries.

Her boyfriend Aleksandr Maksimov was also badly injured and later needed a skin graft.

The couple were planning to catch 6.20am flight to Riga so that Miss Priede could visit her seriously ill mother in Latvia.

Mr Howes said "The plan was to leave Boston at 3am but in the event they did not leave until 4.30am.

"The incident occurred half way into the journey. The defendant failed to negotiate a right hand bend and lost control of the vehicle.

"He left the road on the nearside but started to get the car back on the road without regaining proper control. He then left the road on the offside and barrell-rolled."

The car struck a tree before ending up on its side in a field.

Mr Howes said "Koch gave a negative reading when a breath test was carried out.

"He told the officers that his friends had been pressing him to get there quickly.

"He was told to complete the journey in 45 minutes.

"The sat nav indicated that the defendant exceeded the speed limit for the majority of the journey.

"The average speed from Donington roundabout to the scene of the collision was 79.93 mph. There was a 60 mph speed limit at that point.

"Koch was the holder of a provisional licence. He was not supervised and did not have L plates on. He had not passed his test and had only had six driving lessons."

Koch, who was also not insured, had been stopped by police twice in the previous month for driving without a licence and been fined on each occasion.

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving on April 30 and was jailed for three years and banned from driving for six years.

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  • lynnlincoln  |  October 26 2011, 9:52AM

    Bit like a washing machine then eh GusterLinc

  • GusterLinc  |  October 26 2011, 8:52AM

    Barrel-rolled????? That's an aircraft manoeuvre, so-called because the movement is similar to that of rotating around the inside wall of a barrel. I.e. it is not simply spinning on the centre axis.