Wakefield driver, 23, jailed over death of couple in M6 motorway crash
An Ossett driver who caused the deaths of a husband and wife from Lancaster in a motorway crash has been jailed for a total of eight years.
David and Patricia Howard died following the collision close to Preston, Lancashire, at around 9.55pm on Sunday, November 11 last year.
Jamie Michael Nichols, of Wesley Street, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Nichols’ Audi, which was travelling northbound, collided with the couple’s Vauxhall Vectra, which hit a Volkswagen Transporter. The Transporter then collided with a Citroen CX Athena.
Patricia, 58, who was driving the Vectra, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
David, 57, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, but died a short time later.
The M6 northbound was closed for more than six hours while accident investigators attended.
Harrowing statements about the impacts of David and Patricia’s deaths, penned by their family, were reading during Nichol’s sentencing hearing at Preston Crown Court.
The 23-year-old had admitted further charges of causing serious injury to another woman by dangerous driving, fraud by false representation by using a man’s bank card to obtain an insurance policy to drive the car, and two counts of causing death by driving a vehicle without a licence.
Judge Robert Altham ordered Nichols to be banned from driving for a total of 11 years. The couple are survived by their three children, who described them as the “heart and soul of the family.”
Previously in a family tribute, they said: “Mum and Dad were two of the kindest, sweetest and most loving people anybody could have come across.
“They were taken far too soon from this world and from us.
“They loved life, their friends and their family and even in the hardest of times they always stuck together.”