Milton Keynes man jailed after admitting he had been on drugs when he caused fatal crash

Jailed: Adam Nichols
Jailed: Adam Nichols

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police a man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison, for causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drugs.

Adam Nichols, 27, of Shearmans, Fullers Slade, Milton Keynes, initially pleaded not guilty to the offence, but changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial at Aylesbury Crown Court last week.

Nichols was sentenced to a six years and seven month jail term, and an eight year driving disqualification to run concurrently.

At around 9.50am, Friday May 2 last year, Nichols crashed his Vauxhall Vectra into the back of a Skoda Fabia on the H2 Millers Way, in Milton Keynes.

The Fabia had indicated to turn right, and had come to a virtual stop. Nichols failed to act in time to the slowing vehicle, hitting the Skoda and causing it to be pushed into the path of an oncoming Mitsubishi L200.

The driver of the Skoda Fabia, a 46-year-old woman, of Hodge Lea, and her passenger a 47-year-old man, of Hodge Lea, were both instantly killed as a result of the crash.

Officers from Thames Valley Police attended the scene, where Nichols admitted having smoked cannabis on the morning of the crash, and he was arrested.

A blood sample taken from Nichols at the time of the accident confirmed that he had been smoking cannabis and had high levels of the active ingredient in Cannabis, THC, in his blood.

Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Graeme Hughes, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said the sentence sends out a strong message after two ‘needless deaths’.

“This was a horrific crash in which two people needlessly lost their lives through no fault of their own.

“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the two victims. Nichols showed a clear disregard for the safety of others whilst driving under the influence of drugs, and his sentence is a clear message to others of the dangers of using drugs whilst driving.

“I would warn anyone who thinks it acceptable to drink or take drugs and then drive, that they will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”