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Ram raider ‘ran like a coward’ from crash which killed dad-of-two

A ram raider who killed a father-of-two in a head-on smash as he fled the scene of a botched cash ma..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 1, 2018

A ram raider who killed a father-of-two in a head-on smash as he fled the scene of a botched cash machine theft has been jailed.

Police have released footage of the smash and grab raid before Dale Smith, 30, of Front Road, Murrow, killed 51-year-old Mark Collin of Stonald Avenue, Whittlesey.

Smith pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death while driving without a licence, burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving and handling stolen goods.

While sentencing Smith to 12 years in prison at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (April 30), Judge Matthew Lowe said the fatal injuries were caused wholly by Smith who ran like a coward after the collision.

Dale Smith

On August 1 last year, Smith broke into a yard at Crowland Cranes in Crease Drove, Crowland, at about 2.38am and stole crane strops from a toolbox.

He made his way to the Co-op in West Street, Crowland, in a stolen Toyota Hi-Lux and at about 4am he and two others attempted to steal an ATM machine.

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They placed the strops around the machine and pulled it from the store into the middle of the road but were unable to lift it and abandoned it a few minutes later.

Smith and the others made off in a black Audi S3 which had been stolen previously in a burglary at Collyweston on July 21.

Less than 15 minutes after leaving the scene, Smith collided head-on with a green Nissan Primera on the B1040, Ramsey Road in Whittlesey. He and the other occupants fled the scene.

The Nissan was being driven by Mr Collin who sadly died at the scene.

Victim Mark Collin

Just before 8am, Smith was seen in Market Street, Whittlesey with wet, dirty, torn clothes and no shoes. He was reported to police by a member of the public and was later arrested.

Seconds before the collision, the Audi passed in view of a CCTV camera from which it was calculated that it was being driven at 84mph. A survey of traffic on the B1040 revealed that the average speed of vehicles was found to be 41mph.

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Pc Pete Bimson said: “This was a tragic collision that arose out of Smiths selfish actions and criminality. Smith and two others committed a burglary and whilst fleeing the scene, drove dangerously, resulting in the death of Mr Collin.

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“I hope that today, after a complex investigation, Smiths guilty plea will provide some comfort to the family and friends of Mr Collin.”

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Smith received nine years for causing death by dangerous driving and three years for burglary to be served consecutively.

He received 12 months for each of the other charges except for handling stolen goods, for which he received six months, to be served concurrently.

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