Man jailed for causing the deaths of two people in Tebworth collision

  • A man who caused a serious road traffic collision which killed his brother and a friend has been jailed for six years.

At around 3.20pm on 18 January, Jordon White, 20, was driving a black Vauxhall Corsa along Toddington Road in Tebworth, with four other people inside.

Witnesses described seeing the Corsa dangerously overtake another car at speed, narrowly avoiding an oncoming vehicle, before losing control and hitting a tree.

White and two of the passengers were able to exit the car and made off across nearby fields.

One was found a short distance away, whilst White and the other person were found, with the assistance of a police dog, hiding in a garden shed.

Sadly, the two remaining passengers, Ellie Ogden-Hooper, 19, and Reece White, 23, had died at the scene.

White was found to be in possession of a provisional driving licence, had no MOT or insurance for the vehicle, and was driving on false ‘cloned’ plates.

Subsequent testing also showed that he was driving whilst over the prescribed limit for cannabis.

White, of Wallis Drive, Leighton Buzzard, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was handed a six-year custodial sentence on Friday, 10 June at St Alban's Crown Court. He will also be disqualified from driving for nine years after his release.

Detective Sergeant Ben Heath, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, said, “I am glad that White has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and will be spending a considerable time behind bars.

“His reckless actions that day claimed the lives of two young people, as well as the life-changing impact the collision has had on the other people involved.

“Speeding and driving under the influence of drugs are just two reasons why collisions turn fatal, and anyone who doesn’t take their safety while driving seriously should look at the serious and devastating consequences that it can have on your and other people’s lives.

“I also want to thank the members of the public who stopped to help one of the casualties who was still in the car, for their extraordinary kindness and bravery.”