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October 21, 2014, 10:24 am

A man has been jailed for more than four years after causing the death of a motorist on the M6 in Staffordshire.

Dean Hughes, aged 29, of Curo Park, Frogmore, St Albans, Hertfordshire, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday, Monday.

He was jailed for four years and eight months for causing the death of Stephen Brentnall by dangerous driving. He also received a three year disqualification once released, with an extended re-test.

The collision, on 20 September 2013, occurred on the southbound carriageway, between J16 and J15, at approximately 6.15am and involved a white BMW 1 series and a grey BMW Mini.

The grey BMW Mini left the carriageway and sadly the male driver, Stephen Brentnall, aged 50, from the Grandholm area of Aberdeen, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following an investigation Dean Hughes, the driver of the white BMW, was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Following the collision the southbound stretch of the motorway was closed whilst collision investigation officers examined the scene. All three lanes were reopened at approximately 11am the same day.

Investigating officer, PC Paul Hargreaves, said: “The sentence is to be welcomed and will hopefully bring some closure to Mr Brentnalls family.

“Following a detailed investigation by the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) Regional Collision Investigation Unit it was revealed that Hughes was over the drink drive limit, his vehicle had recorded a speed of 105mph immediately prior to the collision and he had no prolonged sleep for a period of 24 hours, resulting in him falling asleep at the wheel.

“This highlights that drivers should ensure that they are fully prepared for any journey, including suitable rest prior to journeys, and also to be aware that they may still be over the drink drive limit the following morning.”

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