Driver Bradley Clough had five other people in his five-seater car when he skidded off the road and into a tree, killing engaged couple Jack Paolucci, 19, and Courtney Jennings, 18
A man has been jailed after he crashed his packed car killing two of his passengers – a young engaged couple.
Bradley Clough had five other people in his five-seater car when he skidded off the road and collided with trees. Sadly, couple Jack Paolucci, 19, and Courtney Jennings, 18, were declared dead at the scene.
Two other passengers suffered serious injuries in the collision. The car was found to be overloaded and one of the tyres was under inflated. Clough was jailed for three years for two counts of causing death by careless driving at Winchester Crown Court.
In a joint statement, the families of Courtney and Jack said: “It is still impossible to comprehend, understand or see a way forward without the light Courtney and Jack brought to our lives. Such a tragic night that has affected the lives of numerous families. Some of the heartbreak would have been eased by truth and remorse from Bradley for an action that cost us so much.
“But unfortunately, that was not to be. However, we are thankful that after two years and three months we have some justice and Bradley Clough gets the reflection time in prison it’s so clear he needs.”
They added: “As the two families of Courtney and Jack, we remain bound by the love they shared for each other and provide each other the strength needed to manage each day as one family. For our children, we will be forever proud and grateful that you chose us to be your parents.
“We would like to ask parents to educate their children on the dangers of being in an over laden car without a seatbelt. It is important too, when your child starts to drive, that they understand the responsibility the privilege of driving comes with and the essential requirement for maintaining their vehicle properly. If Courtney and Jack can help one other family not to suffer like we have, our loss won’t have been in vain.”
Investigating officer Rachel Catling of the Serious Collision Investigation Team said: “Clough’s actions were incredibly reckless and irresponsible, leading to two young people tragically losing their lives. Jack and Courtney, who were engaged, had their whole lives and promising careers in the army ahead of them.
“I would like to pay tribute to them and their parents who have behaved with dignity and respect throughout this lengthy process despite the significant amount of pain that they must be experiencing. Clough should have been well aware of how dangerous his car was to drive. Not only that, he lied during interview, claiming to be blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle.
“CCTV footage showed there was no other vehicle nearby at the time of the collision. I am pleased he has been jailed for his actions and I hope the families of Jack and Courtney can get some sort of sense of closure and begin to rebuild their lives.”
Clough was also disqualified from driving for three-and-a-half years and will be required to sit an extended driving test before being allowed to drive again.