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Man sentenced after fatal collision in Wolverhampton


A Dudley man has been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison after admitting causing the death of his passenger in a collision in Wolverhampton last year.
Ashley Lovekin was driving a Peugeot 206 convertible when he lost control on Birmingham Road, Blakenhall in the early hours of Sunday 4 August 2013.
The car crossed the carriageway and hit a lamppost killing 31-year-old Nicola Robinson instantly. A 23-year-old rear passenger was seriously injured and had to have his arms and legs pinned as a result. Lovekin received minor injuries.
Collision investigator PC Chris Blount said: "Lovekin had never taken a driving lesson or test in his life or even possessed a driving licence. He will now have to live with the consequences of his reckless behaviour for the rest of his life."
Lovekin, aged 24, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at a hearing on 17 June and was sentenced yesterday (Tuesday 8 July) at Wolverhampton Crown Court. He will also have to spend a further five years on licence and is disqualified from driving for eight years.
Nicola’s family welcomed the sentence. Paying tribute to the mum of two, they said:
"Nicky was a loving daughter, mother, sister, cousin and niece. She was an outgoing, beautiful and bubbly person who was loved by many.
"She loved life and she lived for her two girls, Keira and Karys, who she loved and adored. She would always put others first.
"A beautiful life was taken too soon. Nicky will be massively missed by all her friends and family."