Man who killed dad and child while high on cannabis is jailed for 12 years

A drug driver who caused the deaths of a two-year-old and his father while driving under the influence and on the wrong side of the road has been sent to prison.

John Woodcock, 44, and his two-year-old son Lewis lost their lives in a tragic accident while returning home from a family visit in January of the previous year.

The incident occurred on Chesterfield Road North, Pleasley, just after 6 pm, when James Gibson, 31, driving an Audi, collided with their vehicle from the side. The impact caused their car to flip and become wedged between another vehicle and a wall.

Gibson, aged 31, was driving on the opposing lane at a high speed and was found to have consumed drugs before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, he had disregarded red lights and overtaken other vehicles. Unfortunately, there was nothing John could have done to avoid the collision.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, 24th July, Gibson pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

As a result, he has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and has been disqualified from driving for 18 years.

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