Driver jailed for 10 years for killing Bristol tandem couple

Motorist pleaded guilty to two counts of death by dangerous driving

A hit and run driver who killed a couple riding a tandem in Bristol in January has been jailed for more than 10 years and handed a lifetime driving ban.

Nicholas Lovell, 38, of West Street, Oldland Common, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Bristol Crown Court last month after killing Ross Simon, 34, and his wife Clare, 30 in Hanham, Bristol. He fled the scene and will now serve a prison sentence of 10 years and six months.

Lovell’s partner, Louise Cox, 35, also of Oldham Common, was sentenced to a year in prison after admitting to perverting the course of justice by providing police with false details about who was driving the Citroen Picasso at the time of the crash.    

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