Man sentenced in connection with fatal collision on A414
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A man has been jailed at St Albans Crown Court today (Friday 9 December), in connection with a fatal collision on the A414 near Eastwick.
Keaton Ancona-Francis, aged 31, was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment having pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing on Monday 17 October.
The collision occurred during the early evening on Monday 18 January, 2021 when Ancona-Francis was driving his black BMW 330D from his then home in Ware, towards Harlow.
Several witnesses reported seeing his BMW racing an Aston Martin at speed down the dual carriageway.
Ancona-Francis, now of Anderson Close in Winchmore Hill, subsequently lost control, travelling onto the opposite side of the road and colliding with a barrier, before striking a Vauxhall Corsa which was travelling towards him.
The BMW continued for a short distance down the road before coming to rest on its roof.
The Corsa caught fire and despite desperate attempts by other road users to save him, the driver, 20 year old Callum Dix, sadly passed away at the scene.
It was estimated that the BMW was travelling at speeds of between 95mph and 116mph at the time it lost control.
Ancona-Francis, who sustained serious injuries during the incident, was interviewed in late February, but stated he had no recollection of what happened.
Alongside the jail sentence, he was disqualified from driving for 52 months and must take an extended re-test.
Detective Constable Helen Giles, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “My thoughts remain with Callum’s family and friends at what continues to be an extremely difficult time for them. No sentence can ever make up for the loss of their loved one, especially in circumstances which were completely avoidable.
“There is absolutely no excuse for speeding and I hope this serves as a warning to people of the devasting consequences it can have, for both the drivers themselves and for innocent road users like Callum who was simply making his way home from work.”