Southport man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

22nd February 2016

Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

A man has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal collision in Scarisbrick last year.

Kenneth Grisedale, 58, of Hartwood Road, Southport was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after 46 year old Andrew Birch was killed in a collision on the A570 Southport Road on January 6, 2015. He pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on January 18.

He was today (Monday 22 February) sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to two years imprisonment and was banned from driving for two years.

ots-collision-appealOn the evening of the collision, Mr Grisedale, who was driving a BMW, carried out a dangerous overtake manoeuvre, overtaking a Peugeot Horizon before speeding off towards Southport. Due to the lack of room for the manoeuvre, it caused a Toyota Carina which was travelling in the opposite direction to brake and lose control before it collided head on with the Peugeot.

Andrew Birch, who was a passenger in the Peugeot, sadly died as a result of the collision. The driver of the Peugeot, Mr Birch’s 80-year-old mother, and the driver of the Toyota, a 41 year old woman, were also seriously injured.

DS Keith Rimmer, from the Force Major Investigation Team said: “It was the reckless actions of Kenneth Grisedale on the night of the collision that led to the death of Mr Birch in tragic circumstances. I hope today’s sentence sends out a clear message to anyone who carries out dangerous manoeuvres and takes risks on the roads. Such behaviour can cost lives and cause devastation to the families of those involved.

“Although nothing can compensate Mr Birch’s family for their loss, I hope the conclusion of the legal proceedings at court today brings them some closure. My thoughts remain with them at this time.”

The family of Andrew Birch have thanked police, family and friends for all their support during this difficult time.


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