Reckless driver, 27, killed friend in horrific 100mph crash on wrong side of road

A reckless driver who killed his friend when he slammed into a tree at over 100mph in wet conditions after driving on the wrong side of the road has been jailed for five years.

Ruan Soares was travelling at “excessive speed” with two fellow passengers when he lost control of his Seat Leon on the A27 between Fontwell and Tangmere in West Sussex.

Weverton Alprandi, 23, who was in the front seat, was killed in the crash, while Soares and another backseat passenger were taken to hospital with serious injuries after police arrived on the scene at around 11.30pm.

Despite the wet conditions, the 27-year-old had not taken his foot off the pedal for some time, covering a considerable distance at well over 100mph.

He drove on the wrong side of the road and used the hatched area to overtake a line of traffic before veering off the dual carriageway on 26 September 2019.

Soares, of Bursledon Close, Bognor Regis, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

During his sentencing, Judge Roger Rooke Hetherington said: “This was a very bad case indeed of causing death by dangerous driving.

“You were going at an excessive speed at the time of the collision and for some considerable distance before.

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“You reached a speed well in excess of 100mph on a dual carriageway in wet conditions, were driving on the wrong side of the road and drove over a hatched area to overtake a line of cars.”

Soares was handed a five year prison sentence for Mr Alprandi death and three years for causing serious injuries to the other passenger, to run concurrently.

He also received a seven-and-half-year driving ban.

Mr Weverton’s brother paid tribute to him, saying: “Weverton was a lovely brother, not only for myself and his sister but for all his friends and family.

“He was someone that was always there when help was needed.

“It’s hard to believe you are now gone.

“Pictures and memories will be the only things left until we meet again in heaven.”

Officer Gemma Clarke said: “This case highlights the seriousness of driving dangerously for the road conditions at excessive speeds.

“The consequences of Soares’ actions have been devastating. No sentence will ever reflect the sadness and loss of Weverton’s life.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends.”