WOMAN WHO CAUSED FATAL CRASH HAS 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE INCREASED


WOMAN WHO CAUSED FATAL CRASH HAS 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE INCREASED Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC MP

20-year-old Yaashmi Ravikumar, who caused the death of an Isle of Wight woman in a major road traffic collision on Forest Road in 2019, has had her sentenced increased. After failing to see signs indicating that there was a junction ahead, Ravikumar drove straight out of Whitehouse Road on the outskirts of Newport and onto Forest Road. She collided with a Southern Vectis bus, which in turn veered into an oncoming car.

The incident in April 2019 resulted in the tragic death of 64-year-old Yvonne Copland.

3 others in the car sustained life-changing injuries and the bus driver was also seriously injured.

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WOMAN WHO CAUSED FATAL CRASH HAS 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE INCREASED

A number of other people on the double decker bus sustained minor injuries, with the true scale and severity of the situation resulting in 4 air ambulances being scrambled to the scene. Now, following a referral to the Court of Appeal by Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC MP, the dangerous driver’s unduly lenient sentence has been increased. WOMAN WHO CAUSED FATAL CRASH HAS 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE INCREASED

In July this year, Ravikumar was handed down 18 months in a young offender’s institution when she appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court. It has now been stretched to 2 years and 4 months in a young offender’s institution. Solicitor General Michael Ellis QC MP has said:

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WOMAN WHO CAUSED FATAL CRASH HAS 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE INCREASED

“Ravikumar’s driving and lack of attention to road signs caused the death of one person and serious injuries to several others.

I am pleased the Court of Appeal has increased her sentence today to reflect the severity of the impact of her actions”.

Yasshmi Ravikumar, from Essex, has already been banned from driving for a total of 33 months.

WOMAN WHO CAUSED FATAL CRASH HAS 'UNDULY LENIENT' SENTENCE INCREASED

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