Woman jailed after causing serious collision and then fleeing scene

By Jamie Hill - 6 September 2023


Chloe Thynne has been jailed after causing a collision which left three young men with serious injuries before fleeing the scene. She was given a sentence of four years and four months at Swindon Crown Court yesterday. Sgt Rich Hatch paid tribute to the victims and their families for their commitment to the case

A woman has been jailed after causing a two-vehicle collision which left the occupants of the other vehicle with serious injuries, before fleeing the scene.

Chloe Thynne, 38, of Old Vicarage Lane, Kemble, Gloucestershire, was sentenced to four years and four months imprisonment in a hearing at Swindon Crown Court yesterday (05/09).

She will serve half in prison and the other half on licence, and has also been disqualified from driving for six years.

On October 15, 2021, at around 9pm, Thynne was driving her Audi Q5 from a public house in Corston near Malmesbury northbound on the A429 when she crossed over the central reservation, colliding with a Nissan Micra travelling in the opposite direction.

The driver of the Nissan, a man in his 20s, suffered life-threatening injuries and required extensive treatment in hospital.

The two passengers, both young men, also suffered serious injuries.

Thynne then left the scene and returned home, leaving the three men at the roadside.

She was arrested at her home address and initially denied being the driver.

She eventually changed her plea and pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of a collision, and driving without insurance.

Investigating officer Sgt Rich Hatch of the Serious Collision Investigation Team said: “This has been an arduous two years for the three young men, and their families affected by this collision, and I am extremely grateful to all of them for their commitment to this case.

“The defendant made a choice on the day back in October 2021 to drive her car in such a manner that she did not think of the possible consequences and with no regard to other road users.

“When things did go horribly wrong, she fled the scene and showed little to no remorse towards the three men in the other car.

“Today’s sentence should serve as a warning to all motorists that the split-second actions and decisions taken by drivers can result in horrendous injuries which not only affect the victims and their futures but their wider families as well.”

For the past month, Wiltshire Police have been running a campaign focusing on the Fatal Five offences: speeding, drink and drug driving, using a phone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, and careless or dangerous driving.

These are the offences which significantly increase the risk of you being involved in a serious or fatal collision.

If you suspect somebody of drink or drug driving, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency and give as much information as possible including a description of the driver, vehicle and direction of travel.

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