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Drink-driver handed jail term after Olivia’s death

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

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THE family of an 18-year-old beautician killed in a car accident have hit out at the ‘reckless, unbelievable and sickening actions’ of the drink-driver who has been jailed for eight years following her death.

Olivia Flanagan, of Measham, had been on her way home from her new job at Boots in Fosse Park, Leicester, when she died after being involved in a crash on the A511 near Coalville in December.

Luke Christopher Sykes pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving at Leicester Crown Court and the 31-year-old, from Coleorton, has been sentenced to eight years in prison with a 10-year driving ban

The family of Olivia Flanagan have spoken for the first time since she passed away.

They said: “Olivia was a stunningly beautiful young woman with a wonderful dry and funny sense of humour which people immediately warmed to.

“She was a truly wonderful, daughter, sister, aunty and friend.

“On December 5, 2013, through no fault of her own, Olivia’s beautiful and promising life was ripped away from her through the reckless, unbelievable and sickening actions of Luke Sykes who had only recently had his driving licence returned to him in September 2013 after being previously being banned from driving.

“He was over the alcohol limit at the time of the accident.

“It is blatantly clear that the sentencing guidelines for death by dangerous driving are wholly inadequate and not fit for purpose, especially for individuals with a history of driving offences and disregard for other road users.

“The sentence given certainly does not reflect the gravity of the crime and the utter devastation caused to our family through the loss of Olivia.

“Not an hour goes by where we don’t think about Olivia and feel the unbelievable pain and loss which is just indescribable and can only be felt and understood by those who have lost a child or sister in such terrible circumstances.”

Olivia is survived by her parents, her brother, Chris, 21, and her sister, Katie, 23, who has a three-year-old son, Ben.

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