Driver facing jail after admitting crash carnage in Thundersley

Echo: Driver facing jail after admitting crash carnage in Thundersley Driver facing jail after admitting crash carnage in Thundersley

A BENFLEET man is facing jail after causing a smash which left a quiet street looking like a scene fromaHollywood action movie.

Kevin Austin, 27, of Seamore Avenue, was trying to escape police when the powerful BMW M6 he was driving careered off the road at the junction of Daws Heath Road and Western Road, Thundersley, and hurtled through five front gardens, writing off several cars.

The drama unfolded when the BMW careered through a garden on the corner of the junction. It then crashed through a hedge, into the neighbouring garden and slammed into a white Transit van, ripping the cab apart.

The BMW then flipped into the air and crashed through the next garden, destroying several vehicles.

The damaged Transit van was hit so hard it pushed another car through a garden wall and its bonnet was sent flying into the air, landing on top of a Mercedes four homes down.

Stunned neighbours said the noise was astronomical, describing as though there had been an explosion.

Witnesses believe the driver was driving faster than 60mph, more than double the speed limit. The road was closed for five hours while forensic teams combed the scene and the wreckage.

On Friday, Austin pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving without a valid licence when he appeard at Basildon Crown Court.

Judge Jonathon Black said: “These are very serious offences. You face a custodial sentence and you should prepare yourself accordingly.”

Sentencing will be on December 16.

Colin Riley, Castle Point Tory councillor, lives in Daws Heath Road and overheard the accident take place.

He said: “The people living there were very lucky someone was not injured.”

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6:13am Tue 3 Dec 13

Keptquiettillnow says...

Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys?
Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.
Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys? Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence. Keptquiettillnow

8:01am Tue 3 Dec 13

mudslinger says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys?
Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.
very likely he broke into a house to steal the keys.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys? Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.[/p][/quote]very likely he broke into a house to steal the keys. mudslinger

8:03am Tue 3 Dec 13

mudslinger says...

it will be interesting to see what pitiful wrist slapping the court dishes out to this idiot.
it will be interesting to see what pitiful wrist slapping the court dishes out to this idiot. mudslinger

8:53am Tue 3 Dec 13

Russ13 says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys? Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.
"aggravated vehicle taking" which would suggest he broke into someone's house to steal the keys or carjacked the driver.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys? Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.[/p][/quote]"aggravated vehicle taking" which would suggest he broke into someone's house to steal the keys or carjacked the driver. Russ13

10:28am Tue 3 Dec 13

jpw0809 says...

Shows you how strong modern BMW's are! It's a shame it wasn't an M6 convertible as that would've given him the justice he deserves and thats much more than the courts will that's for sure!
Shows you how strong modern BMW's are! It's a shame it wasn't an M6 convertible as that would've given him the justice he deserves and thats much more than the courts will that's for sure! jpw0809

10:49am Tue 3 Dec 13

Eric the Red says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys?
Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.
He didn't have a 'valid licence' in the first place!
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Interesting to know how he got the BMW, a modern car is almost impossible to start without keys? Will they make him retake his driving test when he comes out of prison, or will that be too much economical hardship for him to lose his licence.[/p][/quote]He didn't have a 'valid licence' in the first place! Eric the Red

11:47am Tue 3 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

I'd love to give that pr1ck a good pasting
I'd love to give that pr1ck a good pasting Nowthatsworthknowing

12:57pm Tue 3 Dec 13

whataday says...

Hope he gets a long jail sentence and has everything he owns sold while he's in there to go towards some of the insurance claims his criminality has given rise to. Hope he is made to understand the impact his crimes have on other people Sounds like several of the car/van owners will not be able to use their cars for work plus all the aggravation of sorting out insurance claims
Hope he gets a long jail sentence and has everything he owns sold while he's in there to go towards some of the insurance claims his criminality has given rise to. Hope he is made to understand the impact his crimes have on other people Sounds like several of the car/van owners will not be able to use their cars for work plus all the aggravation of sorting out insurance claims whataday

4:32pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Tich25 says...

Once again the car thief walks away from a crash that would be a fatal with somebody else like little old dear whos foot slipped
Once again the car thief walks away from a crash that would be a fatal with somebody else like little old dear whos foot slipped Tich25

10:37pm Tue 3 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

shame he didn't do himself some serious life long injury, bet he gets a light one.
shame he didn't do himself some serious life long injury, bet he gets a light one. DogsMessInLeigh

11:10am Thu 5 Dec 13

John T Pharro says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
shame he didn't do himself some serious life long injury, bet he gets a light one.
That would cost the taxpayers even more. He should be paying back with proper community service reflecting the cost of the damage including any cost to the taxpayer for gaoling him. We should have a system that dictates not just how long that is, but what he has to do. How about clearing up all the litter and dog poo dumped bags for a start.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: shame he didn't do himself some serious life long injury, bet he gets a light one.[/p][/quote]That would cost the taxpayers even more. He should be paying back with proper community service reflecting the cost of the damage including any cost to the taxpayer for gaoling him. We should have a system that dictates not just how long that is, but what he has to do. How about clearing up all the litter and dog poo dumped bags for a start. John T Pharro

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