Death crash drink driver jailed for six years

Jason Huxtable has been jailed for six years after killing two of his friends in a car crash near Br

Jason Huxtable has been jailed for six years after killing two of his friends in a car crash near Bratton Fleming. - Credit: Archant

Maximum jail term for driver who killed two friends in Bratton Fleming crash.

Johnny Popple, 23, and Emma Kift, 21, both died in the crash near Bratton Fleming on June 1 last yea

Johnny Popple, 23, and Emma Kift, 21, both died in the crash near Bratton Fleming on June 1 last year. - Credit: Archant

A BANNED drink driver has been jailed for six years after killing two of his friends in a car crash near Bratton Fleming.

Jason Huxtable, 22, from the village, had already admitted causing the deaths of young mother Emma Kift, 21, and Johnny Popple, 23, by careless driving, while nearly twice over the drink drive limit.

The car crashed and left the road at Loxhore Cross, rolling 25ft down a steep bank before bursting into flames in the early hours of June 1 last year.

While Huxtable walked free from the wreckage, Emma died of her injuries after being thrown from the vehicle and Johnny was unable to escape the burning car.


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Already disqualified from driving three months before the incident, Huxtable initially told police that Emma had been behind the wheel at the time of the crash but later admitted that he was the driver.

After sentencing at Exeter Crown Court on Friday, Hazel Kift, Emma’s mother, said: “We are and always will be devastated by the loss of Emma and Johnny.

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“Their can be no justification for why mothers and fathers should have to bury their children or why siblings should be separated by death at such a young age or why a 16-month-old little boy should have to grow up without his mummy.”

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