Leighton Buzzard man’s smoked cannabis before crashing his car and killing two passengers – including his own brother
A Leighton Buzzard man has been jailed after his dangerous driving was blamed for the death of two individuals, including his own brother. 20-year-old Jordan White, of Wallis Drive, Leighton Buzzard, was driving a black Vauxhall Corsa along Toddington Road in Tebworth at 3.20pm on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Four other people were in the car as witnesses described seeing the Corsa dangerously overtake another car at speed. It narrowly avoiding an oncoming vehicle, before losing control and hitting a tree.
White and two of the passengers were able to exit the car and made off across nearby fields. One was found a short distance away, whilst White and the other person were found, with the assistance of a police dog, hiding in a garden shed.
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However, two individuals – Ellie Ogden-Hooper, 19, and Reece White, 23, had died at the scene. Reece White was the driver’s own brother.
A Bedfordshire Police spokesperson added: “White was found to be in possession of a provisional driving licence, had no MOT or insurance for the vehicle, and was driving on false ‘cloned’ plates. Subsequent testing also showed that he was driving whilst over the prescribed limit for cannabis.
“White, of Wallis Drive, Leighton Buzzard, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was handed a six-year custodial sentence today (Friday) at St Albans Crown Court. He will also be disqualified from driving for nine years after his release.”
Following their deaths, Ellie and Reece’s families paid tribute to them in statements. Ellie’s family said: “The loss of our beautiful Ellie is Heaven’s gain. We are so grateful for the time we had with her.
“Words cannot express the sadness of not being able to spend just one more minute with her. Love you Ellie.”
Reece’s family said: “We are devastated at the loss of Reece. He was a much loved son, brother and grandson. He made an impression on everyone he met and leaves a hole in the family that will never be filled. He will be missed forever.”