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Driver jailed for causing death of 25-year-old woman in Farnborough crash

Craig Lesley Hammond has been jailed for causing the death of Rebecca Bignell who was killed in a car crash in Southwood

Craig Hammond has been sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in prison

A driver has been sent to jail for causing the death of a close friend in a car accident in Farnborough last month.

Craig Lesley Hammond, 30, of Larch Way, Farnborough was well over the drink-drive limit when his car came off the road in Kennels Lane, Southwood, at 11.50pm on Sunday November 10 , killing his passenger, 25-year-old Rebecca Bignell.

Earlier that evening the pair had for some drinks in Aldershot, Winchester Crown Court heard on Friday December 13.

The court was told how Hammond's father had died in October, just 14 days before the crash, and throughout the course of last year Hammond had been suffering from anxiety and depression.

Hammond also recently lost his job and had broken up with his partner.

Peter Binder, representing Hammond, said: "While a stronger personality would be able to deal with these set backs, Mr Hammond is a fragile personality."

He drank around 11 pints of lager and told Rebecca he was thinking about taking an overdose, at which point she agreed to accompany him home.

But his green Peugeot 106 went off the road, overturned and landed on its roof.

Miss Bignell, from Aldershot, was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she died of her injuries while Hammond fled the scene but was later arrested.

During police interview Hammond described how he had became upset during the journey home and said he 'wanted to go home and end it all'.

When asked by police why he was driving while drunk, he responded: "Because I wanted to die."

He was unable to offer any explanation as to what caused the collision and said he in no way wanted to harm his friend.

Hammond pleaded guilty to causing death by driving without due care/reasonable consideration while under the influence of drink and failing to stop after an accident. He was sentenced to five years and four months in jail.

For more on this story, see this week's News & Mail , out on Thursday December 19.



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