18-year-old Craig Ramshaw has today been cleared of killing four friends by dangerous driving days after passing his driving test.
After hearing this verdict on Radio 4 this evening I felt compelled to post about this tragic case and ask readers to leave their comments and opinions. The jury at Cardiff Crown Court found Mr Ramshaw, of Ebbw Vale, guilty of careless driving and he was given a conditional discharge.
Ramshaw was driving along a mountain road in Powys, at around 2100 GMT on 2 November 2006, when he lost control. Backseat passengers Danielle Caswell, Katie Roberts, both 15, and Louise Jones and Kayleigh Parry, 16, all died.
The Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told Ramshaw “As a result of your careless driving, four young lives have been lost and four families will never be the same again. You will have to bear responsibility for that for the rest of your life and that is a terrible burden”.
Without knowing the full facts of what happened on that fateful night, as an experienced driver myself I find it difficult to comprehend how you can kill four passengers instantly without driving dangerously? Ramshaw claims he was not driving at more than 40 miles per hour (mph), when he felt the back wheels skid, leading to the car flipping over.
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